"Sussan Deyhim is one of Iran’s most potent voices in exile." - Los Angeles Times

"One of the five Iranian women visionaries you need to know." - New York Times

The House is Black Media Project is Iranian American artist Sussan Deyhim’s multimedia examination of the work of Forough Farrokhzad, one of Iran’s most influential feminist poets and filmmakers. Travel through a visual, sonic and theatrical journey into the heart of Forough’s prophetic vision, which is as relevant today as it was half a century ago. This thrilling production, first seen at Royce Hall in 2015, features a Persian and Western-influenced score by Deyhim and Golden Globe-winning composer Richard Horowitz.

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Dawn of the Cold Season: An exhibition of photography

January 20th through February 4, 2018

Dawn of the Cold Season
An exhibition of photography
By Sussan Deyhim 

Curated by Kulapat Yantrasast, this photographic series is derived from the visual component of Deyhim’s media stage production, The House is Black Media Project. The exhibit creates a poetic visual and dramatic entry into Forough Farrokhzad’s prophetic vision. Forough is Iran’s most revered feminist, modernist poet and filmmaker of the 1950’s.


Hear Sussan Deyhim explain more about The House is Black:
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The House is Black Media Project was created as part of CAP UCLA’s Artists-in-Residence program. Additional funding was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Susan and Leonard Nimoy in support of CAP UCLA’s Artists Fellowship program, and through a fellowship residency at The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Read the program notes here.