Posts Tagged ‘REORIENT’

Made in Iran, Born in America

Taravat Talepasand. Iran, Iran, Iran, Iran (detail); 2017. Metal, rope, denim, pigment, hand match patches, assorted pins, iPhone 7 plus. Collaboration with Laura Rokas.

Today, from our friends at REORIENT, we bring you Joobin Bekhrad’s interview with artist Taravat Talepasand, aka TVAT. They discuss Talepasand’s recent show at San Francisco’s Guerrero Gallery, Made in Iran, Born in America, the use of drugs in her work, and her love of Iran. The artist says, “Take your definition of ‘Orientalism’, which I find offensive, and see if you can create art that is as conceptually profound and technically[…..]

Meat Is Murder

Soukaina Joual. Halal, 2016; light panel; 13.7 x 13.2 in.

Today from our friends at REORIENT we bring you Zöe Hu’s article on artist Soukaina Joual. Hu says of Joual’s exploration of meat as a subject, “Meat’s link to violence is an easily made one, and it only takes the viewer another thoughtless step forward to affix the MENA region onto that relationship; but Joual avoids the obvious constellation of meat–violence–Arab world, instead tinkering with a[…..]

This Is Not Iranian

Anahita Razmi. Middle East Coast West Coast, 2014 (video still); HD Video; 23:04.

From our friends at REORIENT, today we bring you Joobin Bekhrad’s conversation with artist Anahita Razmi. Bekhrad and Razmi discuss identity, underwear, and the Pakyan. Razmi states, “I like the idea than an identity is something that one constructs, something that is at all times flexible and changing.” This article was originally published January 3, 2017. What was I doing near Trafalgar Square? I don’t know.[…..]

The Importance of Being Hassan

Today, from our friends at REORIENT, we bring you an interview with Hassan Hajjaj (also known as the “Andy Warhol of Marrakech”). REORIENT editor Joobin Bekhrad talks with Hassan about his recent decoration by the King of Morocco, his participation in Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity at the Photographers’ Gallery, London, and pop art in the Middle East and North Africa. This article was originally published[…..]

A Perfect Storm

Rokni Haerizadeh. But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise. Photo: Ramin Haerizadeh. (© the artist; courtesy the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)

From our friends at REORIENT, today we bring you author Nur Shkembi’s thoughts on subversive practices in the Guggenheim’s exhibition of Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African Art, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise. Shkembi states, “This notion of art as a subversive practice is not new; however, redefining the material itself as the place from which ideas are ‘smuggled in’ is certainly compelling.” But a Storm Is Blowing[…..]

Summer Session: Rug of War

L-R: a 1998 war rug from Baghlan showing a map of Afghanistan (acquired in Peshawar), a 1994 rug from western Afghanistan (also acquired in Peshawar), and a 2004 rug (acquired in Kabul). Image courtesy of REORIENT.

Today from our friends at REORIENT, we bring you an excerpt from Elnaz Bokharachi’s consideration of Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia at the Scotsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. In keeping with our Summer Session theme of labor, the author discusses weaving, production, and the impact of war on both. This article was originally published on September 21, 2015. Rug weaving amongst the Iranian peoples dates back[…..]

Ghazel: Mea Culpa at Carbon 12

Today, from our friends at REORIENT, we bring you a review of Ghazel’s latest solo exhibition, Mea Culpa, on view at Carbon 12 in Dubai through May 9. Author Sayantan Mukhopadhyay says of the artist, “Her interventions—which start with materials and symbols inherently laden with meaning—speak about the itinerant lives in a manner that is refreshing when placed in conversation with the many other contemporaneous works[…..]