Sussan Deyhim: Performance and Practice

Speaker: Sussan Deyhim - Artist

This is the second lecture in a series hosted by Dr Sussan Babaie and co-organised by ​Iran Heritage Foundation with The Courtauld Institute of Art, and in association with independent curator Vali Mahlouji

Sussan Deyhim will present an audio-visual compilation of her recent and early works in media stage production, performance, music and film. Her conversation will touch on her strong ritualistic sense of her cultural roots while creating work that points to the future with a personal poetic and dramatic sensibility.

Sussan Deyhim is an Iranian American composer, vocalist, performance artist. Internationally known for her invention of a unique sonic/vocal language, Deyhim performed her ground-breaking, experimental operatic work at La Mama and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the 1980s in New York. As a young teenager, she joined the Iranian National Ballet Company and studied with Iranian master folk musicians and dancers before winning a coveted admission into the Bejart Ballet in 1976.  Her wide range of musical and performance projects include collaborations with Shirin Neshat, U2, Peter Gabriel, Richard Horowitz and Eve Ensler among others. Her solo exhibition, ‘Dawn of the Cold Season’, was supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Fellowship in 2015. Her acclaimed The House is Black Media Project, inspired by Forough Farrokhzad’s poetry and life, was premiered at CAP/UCLA Royal Hall and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently working on a sonic visual installation called ‘Forbidden Echoes’. Image credit: Sussan Deyhim, Dawn of the Cold Season, 2015

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Organised by Dr Sussan Babaie (The Courtauld Institute of Art) 

Trailer, The House is Black, Media Stage Production 


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6:30pm, 5 Nov 2019

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King’s Cross, London