Coming Down Again

Telecasters and Tahdig

REORIENT Editor Joobin Bekhrad opens up to rock and roller Salar Rajabnik

As an avid reader and follower of REORIENT, I was ecstatic to hear of Editor Joobin Bekhrad’s new book, Coming Down Again, and its premise, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Once I finally did, I was just as impressed and enthralled as I’d expected to be. I related to it so deeply and was so moved by it, that I wanted to take over, and for once, put Joobin in the hot seat and ask him about the process behind writing Coming Down Again.

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Mehmet Erdem

Blame it on Mehmet

It ain’t easy being Mehmet Erdem. Before a concert in Washington, D.C., Ezgi Üstündağ sat down with the singer to talk about his journey from small-town boy to big-city rocker.

White Sun of the Desert

From Tashkent to Tbilisi

How were the Soviet Union’s Central Asian and Caucasian minorities portrayed in film, and why was this? To find out, Valeriya Nakshun takes a look at Russian history and the ‘Soviet eastern’ genre.

Reza Aramesh

REORIENT Radio – Myrna Ayad

For the latest episode of our podcast series, Art Dubai Director Myrna Ayad spills the beans on what’ll be going down at this year’s edition of the art fair extraordinaire

Bouchra Khalili

Crosstown Traffic

Moroccan-French artist Bouchra Khalili tackles issues of migration, language, and conflict in her ongoing untitled solo exhibition at London’s Lisson Gallery

Gavaznha

The Unity of Time and Place

Why does Iranian artist Mahmoud Bakhshi panic in cinemas? His new exhibition in London, in which he revisits a defining moment in Iranian history, provides reason enough.

Yasmine Hamdan

Oh! You Pretty Things

Iain Akerman catches up with wonder woman Yasmine Hamdan before a gig in Dubai to get the skinny on her latest album, Al Jamilat (The Beautiful Ones)