The Other Apartment is a collaborative project between Pittsburgh-based artist Jon Rubin and Tehran-based artist Sohrab Kashani that occurs simultaneously in Kashani's apartment in Tehran, Iran, and an exact replica of that apartment and all of its contents at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, U.S..
1. About
1.1. Sazmanab
1.2. Team
2. Venues
2.1. Museum of Sohrab (Tehran)
2.2. Mattress Factory Museum (Pittsburgh)
3. Programs
4. Press
5. Contact
6. Credits / Acknowledgements

1. ABOUT

The Other Apartment is a collaborative project between Pittsburgh-based artist Jon Rubin and Tehran-based artist Sohrab Kashani that occurs simultaneously in Kashani's apartment in Tehran, Iran, and an exact replica of that apartment and all of its contents at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, U.S..
Using detailed photographs from Kashani (who is not able to travel to the U.S. due to the current travel ban on Iranian citizens), the artists worked with a team of fabricators to meticulously recreate his Tehran apartment’s facade, interior architecture, and all of his personal possessions. From his soap dish to his furniture, everything in The Other Apartment has been purchased, altered, or entirely fabricated to replicate what exists in Kashani’s apartment.
The Other Apartment functions as a series of theoretical and practical questions within the sad absurdity of our current political condition: What if there was more than one absolute reality; can you build a space that functions as a loophole around national borders and economic sanctions; and what gets lost and gained in the act of duplication?

Facade [Left: Tehran - Right: Pittsburgh]

Studio [Left: Tehran - Right: Pittsburgh]

Studio [Left: Tehran - Right: Pittsburgh]

Bedroom [Left: Tehran - Right: Pittsburgh]

Blue Room [Left: Tehran - Right: Pittsburgh]

Blue Room [Left: Tehran - Right: Pittsburgh]

Event Room [Left: Tehran - Right: Pittsburgh]

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1.1. SAZMANAB

For the past 11 years, Kashani has used his apartment as a space for exhibiting contemporary art and as an artist residency, one of the first of its kind in the country. From September 2019 through January 2021, Kashani and Rubin will operate the space together in The Other Apartment, producing exhibitions, programs, and events where every object, video, and performance that happens in one space is reproduced for the other, keeping both apartments identical across the 6,300 miles that separate them.
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1.2. TEAM

Project Manager: Brittany Reilly
Tehran Team: Golnoosh Heshmati, Shirin Rezaee, Siavash Naghshbandi, and Yousha Bashir
Website and graphics: Sohrab Kashani
Translation: Golnar Yarmohammad Touski
Apartment Building Contractor: Tom Reynolds (Dovetail Home Improvements), Ben Wojtyna, and Kevin Clancy
Pittsburgh Fabrication Team: Adam Welsh (Director of Exhibitions), Jenna Arnold, Seth Davidson, Dig Divine, Evyn Dowd, Josh Ice, Shohei Katayama, Anthony Kovacs, Keith Loughrey, Alex Lukas, Erin Mallea, Ezra Nepo, Katherine Pirilla, David Rosenstraus, Lilah Rubin, Max Spitzer, and Jason Tracy
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2. VENUES

The Other Apartment is located simultaneously in Sohrab Kashani’s apartment in Tehran (Museum of Sohrab) and at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh.
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2.1. MUSEUM OF SOHRAB (TEHRAN)

Kashani's apartment (Museum of Sohrab) is by appointment only. Exhibition openings and events at Sazmanab ⧚ Water Dept. are by invitation only and RSVP required. Access to the Blue Room Library, Sazmanab Video Library, and Sazmanab Digital Archives require advanced booking.
Admission to Sohrab's apartment (Museum of Sohrab) is FREE.
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2.2. MATTRESS FACTORY MUSEUM (PITTSBURGH)

The Mattress Factory Museum is located in Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Free parking for Mattress Factory guests is provided in the museum parking lot, located at 505 Jacksonia Street. Please note the lot is locked after museum hours.
- Hours and Admission
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3. PROGRAMS

Located within The Other Apartment, in both Tehran and Pittsburgh, is a contemporary art space called Sazmanab. Sazmanab produces exhibitions, programs, and events where every object, video, and performance that happens in one space is meticulously duplicated for the other.
- Programs
- About Sazmanab
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4. PRESS

For press inquiries please write to info(at)theotherapartment.com.
Selected press:
Hyperallergic
artnet News
Bloomberg CityLab
The Art Newspaper
Creative Capital
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5. CONTACT

For general inquiries please write to info(at)theotherapartment.com.
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6. CREDITS / ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Photos courtesy of The Other Apartment, taken by Sohrab Kashani, Tom Little, Siavash Naghshbandi, Shirin Rezaee, Jon Rubin, and others.

Graphic Design: Sohrab Kashani
Website Design and Development: Sohrab Kashani

The Other Apartment was made possible through support from Creative Capital.
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