Arash Afshar

Photographer, Host of Burner Podcast and Founder of Justified Hype


What is the Phoenix Syndrome Art Show?

This is the first art exhibit by San Diego-native, and talented local artist, Arash Afshar. Arash has spent over a decade capturing San Diego events, people, personalities, initiatives, protests, sunsets and more and this art show is the opportunity to give back to the city what the city gave to him.

Why Phoenix?

The name of the show was originally inspired by Arash’s own self exploration and creative journey through the question: “Am I addicted to being reborn?” Event Inaugurator and City of San Diego International Affairs Board Member, Dennis-Michael Broussard, shared how the Phoenix is appropriate because San Diego, as a city, is rising up from the ashes. All of this will be explored in Arash’s next podcast project to be released later in 2021. The very intimate and personal audio project unpacks the imagery, stories and life changes that lead him to this exhibition of his work.  

What kind of art will be showcased?

A variety of genres of photography, including documentary, commercial, portraiture, editorial, landscape and art. In addition, there will be sample images from Arash’s many projects and travels including fashion shoots, Burning Man, AfrikaBurn and others. No matter your art inclination, you will find what resonates with you. 

Why now?

The inspiration for this show began with the piece entitled Black Spring and gained momentum due to it being a one-year anniversary from the heightened racial and social justice protests in San Diego. From there, various other parts of the show came together as a retrospective of the past decade of Arash’s work as he is shifting energy into a new chapter of creative storytelling. This show will serve as a celebratory climax to his journey so far.

Where is it located? Is there parking? 

It is in SeaPort Village, located in between the Convention Center and the Village. The exhibit is right behind SamBurger and Spill the Beans. There are plenty of parking lots behind and in front of the exhibit.

How much are tickets?

Both the two-week show and the kickoff event are free and open to the public and all ages. 

Is the exhibit accessible?

Yes, the gallery is accessible and easy to enter and navigate. There will be chairs inside to sit down to rest and enjoy the art.

How long (on average) will it take to enjoy the exhibit? What are the hours?

Everyone enjoys art differently. There will be six large prints and 20 or so smaller ones to view. In addition, there is a hangout space furnished by Mid-century and DJs playing tentative daily happy hour sets. 

We intend to have someone in the exhibit noon-8pm daily but there will be some shifts in hours due to events planned both inside the exhibit as well as outside of the space in Seaport Village.

Be sure to check for the most current open schedule.

What else can I enjoy nearby? 

Seaport Village is a vibrant area with plenty of popular restaurants, breweries, cafes, and boutiques.

Will there be snacks and refreshments? 

There will not be food at the exhibit but we have a partnership with SamBurger next door and encourage grabbing a meal there before/after. Our partnership with SamBurger and Seaport Village enabled this public event at zero cost. 

Are food and drinks allowed in the exhibit?

To protect the gallery and art we ask that no food and drinks be brought inside. 

Will dogs be allowed in the exhibit?

Yes. We love dogs.  

What Covid protocols will be practiced?

Due to new California state regulations, masks will not be mandated inside the gallery. We ask that if you may have been recently exposed or had Covid, to please wear a mask to protect yourself and others around you.

How can I learn more about Seaport Village? 

Check out the SeaPort Village website to learn about other events and about the shops and restaurants:

About the Artist:

Professional photographer, artist and community builder, Arash Afshar, is driven by a personal life-long pursuit to present the stories of passionate individuals who move society and culture forward. Arash served as the official photographer for the Port of San Diego where he captured images of local and world leaders in historic moments. He continues to contract with government-focused marketing and communications firm, JPW, where he provides strategic visual storytelling of public servants and elected officials in action. In addition to shooting portraits and street fashion, Arash has been a Director of underground Hip-hop music videos, founded the creative collective known as Justified Hype and developed his narrative mastery by interviewing community leaders and creative pioneers for the past decade in various online media. Having created and launched Burner Podcast, Arash has built and hosts the longest-running show covering the international Burning Man culture and consciousness. Traveling often and based mostly in Southern California, Arash enjoys his daily meditation practice, sunset runs on the beach and journaling with coffee or a Malbec. Arash’s next project is a podcast mini-series entitled Mister Arash Presents: Phoenix Syndrome


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