#14, Objects

Qaddafi’s Shades
By George Pendle

When it comes to eyewear, the prudent despot opts for something chunky. After all, glasses traditionally bespeak physical frailty, and what better way to defy such astigmatic prejudices than with a pair of wide-rimmed, rectangular frames so in-your-face as to virtually dare onlookers to call you four-eyes?

Monument X Tarek Zaki
By Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

As of this writing, Zaki is rebuilding the same work–albeit with different materials, on a larger scale, and in a new configuration–for Fort Island, a speck of land in a manmade lagoon that serves as the centerpiece of Dubai’s opulent Madinat Jumeirah resort, which is hosting the second edition of Art Dubai. It’s unclear what […]

Perfect Mute Forever
By Will Bradley

Rosalind Nashashibi’s Bachelor Machines Part I centers on the unspectacular activities of the Italian crew of the cargo ship Gran Bretagna as it travels from Italy to the Baltic Sea. Over the course of thirty minutes, the men go about their business–attending to ship activities, eating, smoking and playing cards, dancing (furtively) in the dining […]

The Headlace of Xerxes
By Tom Morton

On a wall in the ruins of Persepolis, Iran, there is a relief sculpture of Xerxes the Great, king of the Persian Empire from 485 to 465 BC. Sitting straight-backed on a throne with his bare feet resting on a dainty stool (the better not to touch the humdrum earth), he wears long, pleated robes […]

Signs of Allah
By Sophia AL-Maria

Five years ago my Aunt Berkah gave birth to a miracle baby. My infant cousin’s right ear arrived crumpled into a vaguely legible spelling of “Allah” in Arabic. The doctors and nurses were overjoyed, local newspapers picked up the story, and the whole community considered the baby a blessing. Aunt Berkah named her Aya, which […]

Naghib Mafouz’s White Linen Suit
By Anand Balakrishnan

I was in Cairo, trying desperately to interview the aging pop star Ahmed Adaweya, whose penis, depending on whom you talk to, was or was not cut off by Saudi royalty. It was a uniquely American endeavor, mocked a friend of mine�invade the region with superior firepower, help topple a statue of Saddam Hussein, and […]

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Cairo Agriculture Museum
Clare Davies

Children’s Museum
Vadim Fishkin

New Lebanon Hotel
Sahar Mandour

Made in India
Hammad Nasar

What Remains is Future
Natasa Petresin-Bachelez

Freaks of Culture
Madelon Vriesendorp

Tarek Zaki
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Perfect Mute Forever
Rosalind Nashashibi

Hicham Benohoud

Roman Ondák

The Atlas Group

Trisha Donelly

Shirana Shahbazi


love at first sight


The Headlace Of Xerxes
Tom Morton

Qaddafi’s Shades
George Pendle

The Cleaver Sleeve
Gary Dauphin

Metatron’s Breastplate
Peter Trachtenberg

General Dostum’s Clocks
Serge Michel & Paolo Woods

Hamid Batma’s Tabla Drum
Jace Clayton

My Beating Heart
Lisa Farjam

Gurdjieff’s Citroën
James Parker

Saddam Hussein’s Key to the City of Detroit
Rachel Aviv

Brent Hayes Edwards

The Pearl Cannon
Sohrab Mohebbi

Hafez Al-Assad’s Iron Bladder
Rasha Salti

Santé Cigarette Box
Anna Boghiguian

Biscuit Tin
Pankaj Mishra

Condoleezza Rice’s Ice Skates
Peter James Hudson

Berber Blanket
Marco Roth

The Object
Reza Negarestani

Nefret­ Hur’s Toilette
Ahdaf Soueif

Anwar Sadat’s Pipe
Maria Golia

The Mujib Coat
Naeem Mohaiemen

The Taqwa Bus
Deena Chalabi

The Telltale Ass
Bruce Hainley

The Autobiography of Omar bin Said
Katie Pfohl

Sanchita Balachandran

Metal Desk, Palace of Justice, Brussels, Belgium
Brian Dillon

Idrisi Map
Max Rodenbeck

The Kooler
Pamela Karimi

Sabiha Gökcen’s Wings
Elizabeth Rubin

Signs of Allah
Sophia Al-Maria

Naguib Mahfouz’s White Linen Suit
Anand Balakrishnan

Abbas Akhavan
Kristina Lee Podesva

Christodolous Panayiotou
Tom Morton

Raphaël Zarka
Suzanne Cotter

Zeina Arida

Super-Jew \& the Apostles of Funk
Alex Gartenfeld & David Macklovitchr

The Sweltering Sky

Bilge Ebiri

On Georges
Perec’s “Un Homme Qui Dort”

Ken Okiishi

The Decline of Middle Eastern Civilization
Gary Dauphin

Old Egyptian