Yousef Abad

Talk, Discussion and Video Art by Elham Rokni about Jews in or from Iran (audio recording of the talk available)

	Film stills: dancing bridal couple, wedding guests at the party, happy bridal couple at the table

Three film stills from the film Wedding; Elham Rokni

The evening approaches the topic from different perspectives: Before the art project, Professor Eliz Sanasarian from the University of Southern California will give an introductory talk entitled Nuances of Identity Politics: The Jews of Iran on the situation of Jews in Iran from the 1979 revolution to today.

Then Israeli-Iranian artist Elham RokniIn presents Yousef Abad and Wedding , two very personal artistic approaches: In her video projects including video recordings of her family in Israel and from Tehran today circle around the questions of temporal and spatial distance, of home and exile, and of the reconstruction and construction of memory.

recording available

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green


W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

Yousef Abad

In Yousef Abad, Elham Rokni considers the inaccessible. In her case, this is the Yousef Abad district in Tehran, the place where she grew up and that she left in 1989 at the age of nine when her family immigrated to Israel. As an Israeli citizen, she is no longer permitted to travel to Iran. The screening includes the video recordings Walk through Yousef Abad, Golris cinema and 41st Street.


In the short film Wedding, Rokni tries to determine the date of her parents’ wedding, and in doing so discovers how her own family history is interwoven with the history of Iran.

An old photograph: a wedding couple dancing.

Audio recording of the talk on video art by Elham Rokni Yousef Abad about Jews in or from Iran on 6 July 2017; Jewish Museum Berlin 2017

After the screening, which is part of the Film and Reading Series Between Marrakesh and Mashhad, Elham Rokni and Eliz Sanasarian will take part in a discussion.

Elham Rokni

On the artist's website you will find a selection of her work:
Elham Rokni's Website

Where, when, what?

  • When6 Jul 2017
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Akademie,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium
    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (gegenüber dem Museum)
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