SAIC student Sanan Sohrabi (MFA 2014) brings a creative response to international sanctions to the streets of New York City.
SAIC student Sanan Sohrabi (MFA 2014) brings a creative response to international sanctions to the streets of New York City.
January 18

Bitter Pills

On December 22 Payvand Iran News, a San Francisco-based news site dedicated to Iranian-American issues, highlighted a recent performance by SAIC graduate student Sanaz Sohrabi (MFA 2014) addressing the public-health effects of sanctions against Iran, Sanctions: Silent war. Sohrabi collaborated with activist organizations Havaar and Sanctioned Life in a public performance staged in front of the UN headquarters in New York on December 18. The artist distributed thousands of pill capsules filled with small paper strips detailing first hand accounts of Iranians suffering without treatment. In a feature published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on January 16 Sohrabi states, "I'm really hopeful that this project will raise awareness among people, and also that [it will fill] an empty part of the puzzle of the sanctions—which is only a word but it involves people's actual lives." Eventually, she hopes to fill 26,000 pill capsules, “a number chosen to match the estimated 26,000 Iranians with blood disorders.” Sanctions: Silent War was also highlighted by Civil Advocacy group Arseh Sevom and EA WorldView.