The Tehrangeles Series | Mahssa Taghinia

Continue reading Why did you decide to set up Mount Analog? I’ve been working in record shops since I was 14, and after 15 years it was time to open my own! What kind of merchandise can be found at Mount Analog? Vinyl records, cassette tapes, rare books and other various esoteric and collectable items. […]

All Ears on Iran

Continue reading Currently Bradley has so many projects going on it’s difficult to keep track. She’s long since settled in as a resident at London-based non-profit radio station Resonance FM, from which she broadcasts her ‘Six Pillars to Persia’ show, focusing on arts and culture in Iran and its diaspora. If you tune into Resonance […]

The Tehrangeles Series | Mashti Malone’s

Continue reading What’s the story behind your name, Mashti Malone’s? In the late 1970’s Mashti Shirvani, an Iranian student living in Los Angeles, started working as a chef in Persian restaurants to support himself. Later, he found an abandoned ice cream shop called Mugsy Malone’s in Hollywood. He used all of his savings to buy […]

Sippin’ Sharbat

Continue reading [split] Sharbat is the generic umbrella term for a traditional and popular type of Persian beverage, made of concentrated aromatic syrups diluted with ice water – a perfect thirst quencher that’s synonymous with summer. Sharbat is easy to make. A mixture of water and sugar (or honey) is combined with fruit, fruit juice […]

Flesh and Blood

Continue reading Considered one of the most renowned partnerships on the contemporary Arab dance scene, the siblings have engaged in a diversity of projects over the span of their nearly 20 year career, ranging from minimalistic dance choreographies and digital performances to biennials and socio-economic engagements. One factor however, seems to underpin most of their […]

The Tehrangeles Series | Tehran Von Ghasri

What is an ‘Afro-Iranian’, culturally speaking? What has been the result, in your case, of a meeting of African-American and Iranian cultures? I’m half Black, half Persian. My father is Iranian and my mother is Black American. African Americans have their own culture and heritage, which is very much rooted in America. Iranians are usually […]

Welcome to Tehrangeles

Continue reading [split] Iranians in Los Angeles are generally perceived to live nearby in Beverly Hills – but whether they actually have roots in the Valley or Orange County, they still know Tehrangeles well. My parents, whose economic class dropped significantly upon migration – they were of an academic class, but the lack of college-level […]

Visions of Samia

Continue reading Climbing up a creaking wooden staircase, the visitor enters an all-white gallery-like space – even the floor is white – which contrasts with Halaby’s large colourful canvases. Like bursts of brightness caught in mid-air, intricate paper sculptures in lemon yellow, emerald, scarlet and gold hang from the ceiling. Halaby tells me that they […]

Wish You Were Kish

Continue reading [split] On Kish, Iranians do as they do wherever they go – shop and eat – but here they can do it without any sense of self-consciousness, in their own language and spending their own currency. Foreign visitors may find it a difficult place to access or wrap their minds around, but that […]