Sussan Deyhim is an Iranian composer, vocalist, performance artist and activist.


Dawn of the Cold Season Video is an Exhibition of video works and a photographic series, inspired by the work and life on the Iranian literary heroin and film maker of the 1950's Forough Farrokhzad. This photographic series was created through a fellowship from The Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, Fl. 2015.

Some elements of this exhibition were used as part of the visual back drop to Deyhim's stage production "The House is Black Media Stage Project". The piece was presented at Royce Hall by CAP UCLA, The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The House is Black Media Stage Production is Sussan Deyhim’s media-film-performance project, inspired by the works of Forough Farrokhzad, one of Iran’s most influential feminist poets and filmmakers of the 20th Century.

This project seeks to shed light on the importance of progressive Iranian contemporary arts through the vision of two of Iran’s most avant-garde female artists, Forough Farrokhzad and Sussan Deyhim. Deyhim has created a series of non-linear poetic tableaux inspired by the poems of Forough Farrokhzad.

The audience travels through a visual, sonic and theatrical journey into the heart of Forough ‘s prophetic vision where her most intimate, soulful and provocative moments leap off the page and onto the stage. Her message is as poetically and politically relevant today for the women of Iran and the world as it was fifty years ago when she died tragically at the age of 32.

The project has been made possible by a generous grant from the prestigious Los Angeles-based Iranian Farhang Foundation (, Dr Nina Ansary, House is Black LLC and through a residency at CAP UCLA, a residency fellowship at Robert Rauschenbeg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The final and finished version of this production was presented at The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Here are excerpts from the 4 video installations as part of the exhibition.