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REORIENT is a magazine celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture -

Palestinian Idol

PALESTINIAN ARTIST KHALED HOURANI SPEAKS ABOUT HIS FIRST-EVER RETROSPECTIVE     Translated from Arabic by the authorImages courtesy Sueraya Shaheen (top) and the artist   Among his many achievements and his status as one of Palestine’s most important and relevant contemporary artists, Khaled Hourani is probably best known for his role as a co-foun ... Continue reading »

Negotiating Cultural Territories

PRESERVING MIZRAHI CULUTRE AND HERITAGE IN ISRAEL AGAINST ALL ODDS   Arabic as a language for artistic expression has recently been enjoying a resurgence of interest as a result of the social and political uprisings that have been occurring across the Arab world. Interestingly, however, this resurgence is not only limited to the Arab world, but is ... Continue reading »

In Search of Lost Time

ARA GÜLER’S PHOTOS OF ANATOLIA RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT TURKISH IDENTITY AND HISTORY   Photographs courtesy the Freer Gallery and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives   Known as the ‘Eye of Istanbul’, Ara Güler may be best known outside his native Turkey for the iconic images featured in Orhan Pamuk’s memoir, Istanbul: Memories and the City, which beau ... Continue reading »

Violet Alley

I can see the mountains today. The looming haze of smog, accentuated by the brilliance of the August sun, which usually reduces their dominating presence to a faint outline in the distance, is nowhere to be seen. Their stony, weathered faces, having borne the ravages of the centuries which saw the demise of Darius’ dream and the spirit of Cyrus st ... Continue reading »

Slavs, Tatars, Others

Slavs and Tatars – Mother Tongues and Father Throats (Detail)    Initiated in 2011, Art Dubai’s Marker series highlights art from around the world, with a focus on a particular region each year. This year, the fair – which runs between the 19th and 22nd of March – has turned its attention towards the Caucasus and Central Asia, and will see the 2014 ... Continue reading »

Bed of Broken Mirrors

  With references to paintings by the French Orientalist painter Eugène Delacroix and Pablo Picasso, a book by philosopher Frantz Fanon, and a song by an indie American rock duo, Bed of Broken Mirrors represents the first solo exhibition by Iranian-American artist Asad Faulwell at Dubai’s Lawrie Shabibi gallery. In his colourful, surreal, and elec ... Continue reading »

The Fascination of Persia

EXPLORING THE MUTUAL FASCINATION BETWEEN IRAN AND EUROPE THROUGH ART IN SWITZERLAND   Though the German word sehnsucht is often translated as ‘fascination’ in English, it also carries with it connotations of longing and desire. Between September 2013 and January 2014, the concept of sehnsucht was explored, particularly with respect to the longstan ... Continue reading »

Farsi Funk, Bosphorus Beats

EXAMINING THE RECENT SURGE OF INTEREST IN THE SOUND OF 60s & 70s IRAN AND TURKEY    A few months ago on a lazy Sunday afternoon, as I was strolling down the quirky fashion drag that is Toronto’s Queen Street, I spotted something in the corner of my eye that seemed just ever so slightly out of context. Stopping for a moment, I looked into the displ ... Continue reading »

Reflections of Persia

AN ITALIAN PHOTOGRAPHER’S LIFELONG LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE LAND AND CULTURE OF IRAN     Imagine a teenager having recently immigrated to the United States spending the summer in his native Shiraz. The August of Shiraz, hot and dry, draws him inside the bookstores of Molla Sadra avenue. Intimately familiar with the poetry of Sohrab Sepehri, he has a r ... Continue reading »

Do You Remember?

REFLECTIONS ON THE COLLECTIVE MEMORIES OF IRAN’S POST-REVOLUTION GENERATION Still from Abbas Kiarostami’s ‘Where is the Friend’s Home?’ (Khaneh-ye Doost Kojast?)   By Pendar Nabipour   Every individual carries with themselves memories, which give shape and foundation to their identity, behaviour, and perspective; but what happens when memories and ... Continue reading »

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