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Shaghayegh Cyrous and Siavash Jamshidi

July 29, 2017, 7-9p Sliding Scale/Suggested Donation: $10 advance, $15 at the door, No one turned away for lack of funds

Each culture has a symbol that represents power. One of the traditional Iranian symbols for power is the cypress tree, signifying freedom and truth. Though standing upright, some say it bends its head in humility showing respect for Pahlivan – a person even stronger than the cypress.

For one night only, Shaghayegh presents a participatory installation exploring imagery and sound sourced from traditionally all male Iranian gyms called Zoorkhaneh (House of Power). Playing with gendered notions of strength, she invites people to create and share their own ideas of power.

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Shaghayegh Cyrous is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary and Social practice artist. She was born in 1987 in Tehran, Iran and moved to San Francisco in 2011. She has widely exhibited and presented her work in solo and group settings in the United States, Iran, India, England, Sweden and Mexico. Cyrous’s works deal with communication and translation caused by worldwide cultural and political circumstances. Using interactive strategies such as participatory engagement projects, performances, video, installations and video chats to create poetic spaces and opportunity for communication and connections.

Siavash Jamshidi (born May 13th, 1985) is a Persian Musician, had his academic in Classical Music study in Iran, who is  under strong experimental and electronic influence of modern music industry.  In his early works include, Iranian Youth Performing Honorary, the first awarded performing artist in Shargh Tarana Lari Festival, Uzbekistan, and Expo Fest partnership in Japan, France and Belgium.

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