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.
Lizzy Vartanian Collier visits the British Museum to explore a small, yet telling exhibition of works on paper bringing together past and current generations of Iranian artists
What on earth is Sassan doing promoting contemporary Iranian art in the south of France, and why is he so frustrated? Joobin Bekhrad finds out in the fifth episode of REORIENT Radio.
In search of the world’s oldest windmills, Jippe Kreuning – the son of a Dutch miller – embarks on a journey to Khorasan in northeastern Iran, along with a Persian phrasebook
From the days of prophecy and empire to boozy verse and full-blown bacchanalia, Joobin Bekhrad reflects on the rich and colourful tradition of wine guzzling in Iran
Listen to Joobin Bekhrad crack up as he talks to the acclaimed Iranian artist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi for the fourth episode of REORIENT’s podcast series
Ahead of her solo exhibition in Johannesburg, Joobin Bekhrad talks to the iconic Shirin Neshat about her current projects, her career as a whole, and her … style ‘gurus’
Iran’s father of rock music, Kourosh Yaghmaei, is back with Malek Jamshid, his latest studio album, currently banned in Iran. Joobin Bekhrad remembers his 1974 classic, Gol-e-Yakh.
Miniature paintings, big trouble, not a damn given – Joseph Flaherty travels to Istanbul to visit the studio of the artist formerly known as Canan Şenol
‘… We know that we will always slip through those cracks and slide between those fingers …’ – Joobin Bekhrad muses on the age-old Iranian art of escapism