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Bidoun at the Frieze Art Fair, London

Frieze Art Fair
October 17-20, 2013
Regent’s Park, London

Bidoun is back in London for the Frieze Art Fair. Come by the booth, buy rare back issues, say hello to any one of our editors in town, and learn about our exciting plans for the future!

October 16, 2013

Iranian-American B Movies at the V&A

Friday Late: Record, Reframe, Resist
Friday November 30, 2012 from 6:30 – 10pm
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

This Friday evening at the V&A in London, as part of its ongoing investigation of lost and/or neglected cultural artifacts, Bidoun will be presenting a selection of trailers from the little known genre of Iranian-American “B Movies.” Produced mainly in Los Angeles in the years after the revolution, these resolutely un-canonical (and often un-watchable) low budget films feature mainly American casts with a few Iranian actors. They are the direct descendents of filmfarsi, the vernacular B Movie genre that dominated popular Iranian cinema before 1979, and which employed many of the same directors. Of course, with their new locale, language, and themes, much was lost in translation. These films — unlike their Iranian predecessors — have very limited potential for popular appeal.

And yet some of these films were exported to the Third World; others have become cult hits among pulp connoisseurs. Seen together, they shape a bizarre picture of what these diasporic directors once imagined the formula for a successful Hollywood action film to be — including confusing representations of self (ambiguous Middle Eastern villains, terrorists, and belly dancers in varying states of veiling) and hilariously outmoded and offensive representations of others (Arabs, Japanese, African Americans, women).


November 28, 2012

Bidoun at Frieze London

Frieze London
October 11-14, 2012
Regent’s Park

Find our booth at the Frieze Art Fair and check out our latest issue, subscribe, or pick up our limited edition Tehran City Guide, with very Bidounish advice about where to go and (mostly) where to eat in Iran’s capital.

Tehran City Guide
Two color risograph
Numbered edition of 100

October 10, 2012

The Bidoun Auction

Tuesday 11th October 2011
6 – 9 pm
Auction begins at 7:30pm

8 King Street, St. James’s
London SW1Y 6QT

Farhad Moshiri (B. 1963)
Hand embroidered beads and glaze on canvas on board, in four parts
Each: 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in. (100 x 100 cm.)
Overall: 78 ¾ x 78 ¾ in. (200 x 200 cm.)
Executed in 2011
£100,000 – £150,000

The evening will begin with a conversation between the Serpentine Gallery’s Hans-Ulrich Obrist and artist Etel Adnan.

Click here to browse the auction catalog.

Participating Artists:
Afsoon, Etel Adnan, Shirin Aliabadi, Lara Baladi, Yto Barrada, Trisha Donnelly, Fouad Elkoury, Armen Eloyan, Jeremy Deller, Elger Esser, Simone Fattal, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Susan Hefuna, Pouran Jinchi, YZ Kami, Nate Lowman, Tala Madani, Haroon Mirza, Youssef Nabil, Timo Nasseri, Shirin Neshat, Paul Pfeiffer, Walid Raad, Hesam Rahmanian, Shirana Shahbazi, Slavs and Tatars, Lawrence Weiner, Andro Wekua, and Carey Young.

Auction Committee:
Alia Al-Senussi, Antonia Carver, Chelsea Clinton, Maryam Eisler, Farhad Farjam, Dana Farouki, Coco Ferguson, Tony Shafrazi, Saadi Soudavar and Zeina Durra, Jimmy Traboulsi, Burkhard Varnholt, Sheena Wagstaff

For more information:

Isabelle de La Bruyère
+971 4425 5647

Julie Vial
+44 207 389 2170

Dina Nasser-Khadivi
+44 207 389 2170

October 6, 2011

Bidoun Library Saturday Seminar: Ahdaf Soueif

Saturday, August 20
Ahdaf Soueif
Sackler Centre of Arts Education, 3pm
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2

Ahdaf Soueif in Tahrir Square. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy.

Ahdaf Soueif comes from a family of activists and writers who have been some of the key protagonists in the recent revolution in Eygpt. She arrive in London having spent several months in Cairo reporting on the events as they unfolded. Soueif will be discussing her work and sharing her experiences of activism and writing over the past two decades, as well as connecting with colleagues in Cairo, in an exciting seminar on writings and the revolution.

Based between Cairo and London, Soueif writes in both English and Arabic, and her essays and reviews have been published in numerous publications, including: Akhbar al-Adab, al-Arabi, Cosmopolitan, Granta, al-Hilal, al-Katibah, The London Magazine, The London Review of Books, New Society, Nisf al-Dunya, The Observer, Sabah al-Kheir, The Sunday Telegraph, Times Literary Supplement, Washington Post and others. .

August 19, 2011

Bidoun Library Saturday Seminar: Tales From the Bidoun Library Vol.1 Intercontinentalism: A Partial History of Magazine Diplomacy by Michael C Vazquez

Saturday, August 13
Tales From the Bidoun Library Vol.1 Intercontinentalism: A Partial History of Magazine Diplomacy by Michael C. Vazquez
Sackler Centre of Arts Education, 3pm
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2

Introduction and question time with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

In the 1960s, an array of state-sponsored international magazines fought pitched battles — against imperialism or communism and/or their own governments — across the entire length of the first, second, and third worlds.

Michael Vazquez presents an illustrated lecture on pivotal moments in periodical diplomacy, with especial focus on Transition (Kampala / Accra), Tricontinental (Havana), and Lotus: Afro-Asian Writing (Cairo / Beirut / Tunis).

Michael C Vazquez
is Senior Editor at Bidoun and a member of the Bidoun Library group. He was formerly Executive Editor of the revived Transition (Cambridge, MA). He writes often about music and magazines for Bidoun and other venues.

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts is a writer whose work has appeared in Transition, The New York Times, Harper’s, Bidoun, and Essence among others. Her book, Harlem is Nowhere, the first volume of a trilogy on black utopias, is just out in the UK from Granta Books.

August 13, 2011

Bidoun Library Saturday Seminar: Slavs and Tatars Present Molla Nasreddin

Saturday, August 6
Slavs and Tatars: Molla Nasreddin, The Magazine That Woud’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve
Sackler Centre of Arts Education, 3pm
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2

Artist collective Slavs and Tatars present Molla Nasreddin: The Magazine that Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve, a new book examining the history of that legendary Azeribaijani periodical, arguably the most important Muslim satirical political magazine of the 20th century. For the book’s UK launch, Slavs and Tatars will present Molla Nasreddin: Embrace Your Antithesis, including: a discussion of the book’s historical context; a case study of the complex Caucasus region; and an exploration of the issue of self-censorship, then and now. Guests will be offered their choice of red or white tea, alluding to Communism and Islam, the two major geopolitical narratives between which Molla Nasreddin — and Slavs and Tatars — navigate.

August 3, 2011

Bidoun Library Saturday Seminar: Samandal

Saturday, July 30
Samandal Comics
Sackler Centre of Arts Education, 3pm
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2

Hatem Imam, co-founder of Samandal Comics, will host this week’s Saturday Seminar about this tri-lingual quarterly comic magazine.

Hatem Imam is a visual artist and designer whose work includes print media, installation, photography, video, and painting. In 2007, he co-founded Samandal comics magazine. He is board member of the 98weeks research project, the artistic director of the Annihaya record label, and a founding member of the art collective Atfal Ahdath. Since 2007, he has been teaching at the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut.

Samandal Comics is a Beirut-based magazine dedicated to comics, with contributors from all over the world. The goal of Samandal is to provide a platform on which graphic artists may experiment and display their work, generating contemporary reading material for comics fans.

The Bidoun Library Project is up at the Serpentine from 12 July – 17 September. Click here for a complete schedule of Saturday Seminars.

July 28, 2011

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion: Shaabi-Music-Wedding-Dance-Party!

Friday 22 July 2011
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London, W2

Image courtesy Sarah Carr

Featuring music by Sadat, Figo, and Amr 7a7a

Tickets £5/£4

Available from the Gallery Lobby Desk or Ticketweb.

The Shaabi-Music-Wedding-Dance-Party is part of the Bidoun Library Project, up at the Serpentine Gallery until September 17th.

July 21, 2011

Bidoun Library Saturday Seminars: Hisham Matar

Saturday 16 July
Serpentine Gallery
Sackler Centre of Arts Education, 3pm
With an introduction by Bidoun contributing editor Shumon Basar, followed by Hisham Matar in conversation with Maya Jaggi

For the inaugural Bidoun Library Saturday Seminar author Hisham Matar will be reading from his second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance. This will be followed by an in-conversation with cultural journalist and critic Maya Jaggi. The event will be introduced by writer, editor and curator Shumon Basar

Hisham Matar (born 1970) is a Libyan author. Born in New York City in 1970 to Libyan parents, Matar spent his childhood first in Tripoli and then in Cairo. He has lived in the UK since 1986. His debut novel In the Country of Men was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize and won the 2007 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Matar’s essays have appeared in Asharq Alawsat, The Independent, The Guardian, The Times and The New York Times.

The Bidoun Library Project is up at the Serpentine from 12 July – 17 September. Click here for more information on Saturday Seminars.

July 15, 2011

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