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Arm Wrestling with Super Sohrab

009 / 27 April 2016


Sohrab Kashani

Arm Wrestling with Super Sohrab, 2015

1 mins 45 secs


Super Sohrab, Sohrab Kashani's alter-ego is an unsuccessful part-time super hero who uses satire and failure in his attempts to fix local and global sociopolitical problems. Through the documentation of his failures Super Sohrab addresses the issues as well as in text and in interviews. In his attempts Super Sohrab has addressed the US sanctions on Iran, visa complications for Iranians, Tehran's air pollution among other pressing topics affecting Iranians in Iran and in diaspora. The Super Sohrab series comprise performative interventions presented in photographs, videos, comics and text.


For the duration of five hours, Super Sohrab arm wrestled with more than 50 Geneva residents passing by a busy street in Geneva. During the arm-wrestle, Super Sohrab and his opponents engaged in conversations about one another, shared personal stories and talked politics, power and love.

About the author

Sohrab Kashani

Sohrab Kashani is an interdisciplinary artist and an independent curator based in Tehran. Sohrab has exhibited internationally and has held talks at Asia Society, New York; Tisch School of the Arts NYU, New York; International Studio & Curatorial Program (iscp), New York; The Delfina Foundation, London; Gasworks, London; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; YARAT, Baku; Global Art Forum (Art Dubai), Dubai and in other institutions, universities and museums worldwide. Sohrab is the founder and director of Sazmanab, formerly a center for contemporary art and a not for profit art space, currently an artist collective based in Tehran and on the internet.