#03, Hair

An Encounter With Natascha Sadr-Haghighian
By Tirdad Zolghadr

�SI cannot make out a difference between presentation and representation,� says Natascha Sadr-Haghighian, stubbing out her Marlboro Medium in a porcelain ashtray. �SEverything you present already represents something at the same time.� If such assertions have become rather commonplace in the contemporary art scene, Sadr-Haghighian is one of the few who have taken them to […]

Heavy Metal: Carnage and Commotion in the Oilfields of Kirkuk
By Serge Michel
Translation by Pedro Jimenez Morras

We�"d been traveling for five months, following the pipelines from Texas to Iraq, via the Caucasus, the Caspian sea, Siberia, Central Asia and West Africa, trying to describe the new crude world order of countries in which the United States is seeking viable alternatives to Saudi Arabia1. To illustrate our travelogue, we searched and found […]

Cola Turka: Turkish Stache
By Basak Ertur

In the summer of 2003 a Turkish food conglomerate, �Slker, launched a high-profile advertising campaign for a new product: Cola Turka. In the first TV ad for the product, we watched wholesome Chevy Chase, whose everyday New York City morning turns very strange as he chats in a diner with David Brown. Looking decidedly Texan, […]

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An Encounter with Natascha Sadr-Haghighian

Tirdad Zolghadr

Women Under the Sun: Ajram Beach for Women Only
Rasha Salti

Depilation: Preening Alterity
Irvin Cemil Schick

Roots of Rebellion: Beards and Beyond in Iran
Coco Ferguson

Looking for Ali: Notes from “How I learned to stop worrying and love the spectacle”
Lawrence Chua

Did you see me?
Youssef Nabil

Heavy Metal: Carnage and Commotion in the Oilfields of Kirkuk
Serge Michel

From Trash Heap to Emerald Lung
Issandr El Amrani

Of Green Spaces: An Architectural Reading of Cairo’s Al Azhar Park
Sadia Shirazi

The Forward Thrust of Christine Tohme
Tirdad Zolghadr

Lessons From the Boss
Lisa Farjam sits down with Tank’s Masoud Golsorkhi

Streetmusic Arabe
Gervase de Wilde

Boy from Brazil: Bidoun meets Razi Barakat
Alia Rayyan

Hair is for Headbanging
Coco Ferguson and Sohrab Mohebbi

Little Prince gets Political
Mary Blair Taylor

Fall Film Festival Diary

Kitsch and Kitchen Sink Drama
Yahia Lababidi

Prime Time Ramadan
Stephanie Keith

I Love Cinema
Ali Jaafar





with Sahar & Ghada Amer

Bonus Miles: The Case for Cosmopolitanism
Tirdad Zolghadr