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New in shop: Hojaboros 10 Year Anniversary Tote Bag

Visit the Bidoun shop to purchase our special 10 year anniversary tote bags featuring ten little Molla Nasreddins riding the بدون ouroboros donkey, backwards, into the eternal return.

June 6, 2014

Bidoun Benefit Dinner 2013

A big thank you to all who joined us this past Sunday evening for the Bidoun Benefit Dinner. It was really really fun!

A special thanks to our readers: Chelsea Clinton, Stuart Comer, Lawrence Weiner, Lynne Tillman, Knight Landesman, and Orhan Pamuk & Shirin Neshat; and our host committee: Maria Baibakova, Yto Barrada, Aarthi Belani, Lisa Farjam, Dana Farouki, Coco Ferguson, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Leila Heller, Shirin Neshat, and Sheena Wagstaff.

October 9, 2013

On newstands now: Bidoun #28 Interviews

Bidoun #28 INTERVIEWS features conversations among Giorgio Agamben, Sophia Al-Maria, Hossein Amanat, Negar Azimi, Omar Berrada, Leland de la Durantaye, Jeremy Deller, Mona Eltahawy, Lisa Farjam, Yasmine El Rashidi, Larry Gagosian, Conner Habib, Yasmine Hamdan, Zahi Hawass, Michelle Kuo, Ursula Lindsey, Navid Negahban, Sukhdev Sandhu, Anna Della Subin, Benjamin Tiven, Michael C. Vazquez and Marina Warner.

April 6, 2013

Thank You Kindle Project!

We are really pleased to announce Bidoun is the proud recipient of a generous grant from the Kindle Project Fund of the Common Council Foundation. The Kindle Project supports “creative thinkers, artists, activists, doers, and paradigm pushers.” It is kind donations like this as well as gifts from individuals and the support from our subscribers that enables us to continue our work.

January 4, 2013

Bidoun Seeks Motivated Advertising Salesperson

Bidoun is an award-winning independent magazine covering the arts & culture of the Middle East and its Diaspora. It is published quarterly, under the larger umbrella of Bidoun Projects.

We are looking for an experienced advertising salesperson to oversee global advertising and business development for Bidoun.

• Maintain and expand advertising base.
• Research and identify opportunities for growth, and prospects for new business.
• Maximize revenue, while developing creative and strategic solutions for advertisers.
• Conduct rate negotiations with clients, and lock in long-term advertising programs.
• Track advertising performance, and measure sales goals.

Required Experience & Skills
• Bachelor’s Degree.
• 1-3 years experience at a print publication or in a related role.
• A demonstrated understanding of media sales.
• The ability to work independently, and to think strategically about growing advertising for the magazine.

Additional Skills
• A motivated self-driven individual with a positive, can-do attitude.
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills, with a friendly ability to engage and build relationships with prospective advertisers.
• The ability to work independently and on deadline.
• Fluency in Farsi or Arabic a plus but not required.
• Interest in Middle Eastern culture a plus.

Please submit your resume along with a brief letter expressing your interest to:

July 31, 2012

Bidoun #26 Launch at 155 Freeman

Friday, May 18 at 7pm
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, NY
$5 suggested donation

A celebration of the publication of Bidoun #26, Soft Power, hosted by Triple Canopy at 155 Freeman

Featuring a conversation between Iman Issa and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, readings by Anand Balakrishnan and Michael C. Vazquez, and music by Tiffany Malakooti


Join us in celebrating the twenty-sixth issue of Bidoun, which considers art and patronage, state-sponsored media, cultural diplomacy, revolution and counterrevolution, nation and/or corporate branding, and potato chips as public relations.

Artist Iman Issa will discuss monuments and mysteries, among other things, with Bidoun contributing editor Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, who writes about Issa in “Radical Subtraction.” Issa’s work, which was part of the recent New Museum Triennial, “The Ungovernables,” creates an eloquent language of forms to address unruly questions about place, power and memory.

Writer Anand Balakrishnan will read from his story “The Serendipity of Sand,” which ponders the ultimate civilizational soft-power gambit — the monumental ruin — and what that might have to do with the zebra’s beguiling stripes.

Bidoun senior editor Michael C. Vazquez will present outtakes from his essay “The Bequest of Quest,” which contemplates the curious legacy of Cold War magazines funded by the American CIA, including the Indian literary magazine Quest and the African journal Transition.

A slide show of covers of nation-state self-help books, drawn from Shumon Basar and Parag Khanna‘s article “Soft Readers Prefer Hard Covers,” will be shown.

Throughout the evening, Bidoun’s Tiffany Malakooti will play Iranian wedding trance and Lebanese happy softcore.

Join the Facebook event!

May 10, 2012

Issue #26 Soft Power

The new Bidoun, on newsstands in April, considers art and patronage, state-sponsored media, cultural diplomacy, revolution and counterrevolution, nation and/or corporate branding, and even potato chips as public relations.

The heart of Soft Power is a suite of conversations that revolve around the question of hidden agendas. As’ad AbuKhalil, the political scientist who blogs as The Angry Arab, discusses the political economy of Al Jazeera and Qatar’s foreign policy with Babak Radboy and E. P. Licursi. Bangalore-based Achal Prabhala and Michael C. Vazquez consider the curious legacy of Cold War magazines funded by the American CIA. And nearly a dozen leading figures in the Egyptian cultural scene, including representatives of human rights organizations, art spaces, and foundations, as well as bloggers, activists, and curators, were invited to reflect on the theme of foreign funding.

But there is Bidoun’s customary dose of long-form narrative, as well. In “The Marble Lawn,” Yasmine El Rashidi provides an unusual vantage onto Saudi Arabia, the Wahhabi heavy in so many stories about the rise of Islamism in post-revolutionary Egypt. Anand Balakrishnan’s “The Serendipity of Sand” considers the ultimate civilizational soft-power gambit — the monumental ruin — and what that might have to do with the zebra’s beguiling stripes. Other features consider sexual politics in the art world (Sarah Rifky’s “Call Me Soft,”) the deification of power (Anna Della Subin’s “Occupy Godhead”), and the rarified world of globo-pundits whose airport-ready books make tidy work of explaining… more or less everything (“Soft Readers Prefer Hard Covers,” by Shumon Basar with Parag Khanna).

In our arts coverage, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie profiles New York-based artist Iman Issa, we take a look at Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Freedom of Speech Itself at The Showroom in London, and Beiruti Franziska Pierwoss’s ongoing Toyota to Benz project.

Plus: “The Chibsi Challenge,” a taste-travel roundtable discussion of potato crisps, chips, and nation brands, inspired by Sophia Al-Maria; reviews of the archaeology show at SALT Istanbul’s new space; Iranian videos in New York; Haris Epaminonda’s “Mystery at MoMA”; the Athens Biennial in a time of austerity; and Mahmoud Darwish’s bequest.

To purchase this issue — or better, to subscribe — visit our online shop.

April 5, 2012

Bidoun on Facebook

Bidoun’s Facebook page has been liberated from its state of limbo and is once again active. We have a lot of lost time to make up for; expect many photos and updates in the coming weeks.

Bidoun on Facebook!

March 5, 2012

Bidoun seeks interns!

Bidoun seeks a few good interns in its New York City offices!

Interns will be assigned to one or a combination of the following areas: magazine distribution, research related to Bidoun magazine or ongoing projects (such as the Bidoun Library), archiving, production, and beyond.

We seek special interns in three fields in particular:

Visual Arts

Interns who could work for a minimum of 3 months will be privileged.

Send cover letter outlining interests and CV/resume to with subject header BIDOUN INTERN.

December 8, 2011

Bidoun at the Amsterdam Art Book Fair

Amsterdam Art/Book Fair
14 & 15 May 2011
Bidoun presentation Sunday May 15 at 2pm

Tiffany Malakooti UbuWeb Bidoun Library Kenneth Goldsmith

Bidoun will be on display this weekend as part of Shashin Art Bookshop‘s table in addition to a presentation by Tiffany Malakooti on the Bidoun Library and BubuWeb projects.

For more information visit:

May 11, 2011

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