Pahlevan and his wife

Semco Salehi, Pahlevan and his wife

Hajar Moradi & Foad Oveisy performing in Pahlevan and his wife.

“Pahlevan and his wife” is a vivid representation of the experience of many immigrants, who live an insular existence by only following the culture and traditions they left behind. Despite living in a new country, they choose not to embrace its culture and customs. These immigrants generally transmute into individualistic antisocial entities who live inside their small diaspora, and, indeed invent a virtual intimacy in order to conceal the communication obstacles.
Immigrants who despite living in a new society, insist on the preserving their cultures and lifestyles left behind.

In this work, Pahlevan, equipped with the traditional Wrestling-House (zoorkhaneh) costume and dumbbells, stand proudly in the midst of Western society, seemingly indifferent to the happenings around him. Yet, this indifference is only rooted in his lack of ability to communicate.