The Bidoun Library in Cyprus

December 15, 2012 — February 15, 2013
Point Centre for Contemporary Art
Megaron Hadjisavva,
2, Evagorou Street,
1057, Nicosia, Cyprus

For this Cypriot iteration of the Bidoun Library, we are presenting a thematic version of the Library built around espionage, the legacies of state-sponsored publishing, and the cultural Cold War. A site-specific subsection will be built around the assassination of the Egyptian writer Yussef el Sebai — himself the General Secretary of the Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Movement among many other roles — at the Hilton Hotel in Nicosia on February 18, 1978.

More on the Bidoun Library

The Point Centre for Contemporary Art website

December 12, 2012

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

Book Week II: In Translation at Miguel Abreu Gallery

Wednesday, October 24th – Sunday, November 4th, 2012
Miguel Abreu Gallery
36 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Bidoun is pleased to be participating in Book Week II: In Translation, with Collages by Raha Raissnia, presented by Miguel Abreu Gallery and Sequence Press. The gallery floor will be arranged as a bookshop and reading room with recent titles from mostly local publishers. In addition, selections will be on hand from the Lower East Side Heritage Collection, a unique archive of specialized, noncirculating books at the Seward Park branch of the New York Public Library. Participants include:

Dalkey Archive Press
New York Review Books
Open Letter Books
Seven Stories Press
New York Public Library’s Lower East Side Heritage Collection

See press release for more information

October 22, 2012

Michael Rakowitz & Robert Christgau in Conversation

Michael Rakowitz and Robert Christgau in conversation
+ Launch of the record Sabreen — Live in Jerusalem 2010
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 7pm
Lombard Freid Gallery
518 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

Lombard Freid Gallery is pleased to present an evening with artist Michael Rakowitz and legendary rock critic Robert Christgau, discussing the breakup of The Beatles as history and as metaphor, inspired by Rakowitz’s “The Breakup”—a set of works that includes radio broadcasts, film, a live concert in Jerusalem, memorabilia, and a deluxe limited edition LP produced in conjunction with Bidoun Projects.

The evening will be hosted by Sukhdev Sandhu, director of the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture at New York University and author of the lead essay in the liner notes for Live In Jerusalem 2010, which will be on sale at the event and from Bidoun.

Michael Rakowitz’s “The Breakup” was originally commissioned for The Jerusalem Show IV by Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem.

The 45min video of The Breakup will screen at 6pm.

Longtime Village Voice writer-editor Robert Christgau has covered popular music for many publications, including Esquire, Newsday, Creem, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Blender. His “Rock & Roll &” column appears monthly in the Barnes and Noble Review and his “Expert Witness” blog twice weekly at Michael Rakowitz is an artist based in Chicago and New York City. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including P.S. 1, the Museum of Modern Art, MassMOCA, Tate Modern, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Asian Art Biennial, and, most recently, dOCUMENTA (13) . His work is in many private and public collections including MoMA, UNESCO in Paris, and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.

October 15, 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

Bidoun at ABC Berlin Artists Space Bazaar

September 13-16, 2012
Luckenwalder Strasse 4—6
10963 Berlin

Visit our table at Art Berlin Contemporary this week as part of the Artists Space Bazaar and pick up a copy of our latest issue, #27 DIASPORA.

For more information please visit:

September 11, 2012

Amal Kenawy, 1974-2012

Amal Kenawy
October 1, 1974 – August 19, 2012
Your bravery was unsurpassed. Your art was unforgettable. We will miss you.

August 23, 2012

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

Super Models Launch Party at Bidoun

Book launch party
& “Real Talk”
with Super Models contributors
Babak Radboy (Bidoun)
& Andy Pressman (Rumors, Bidoun)
moderated by Harry Gassel

Thursday 12 July at 7 PM
47 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

July 9, 2012

Done o preste libros relacionados con el medio- riente!
Donate or lend books related to the Middle East!

Una colaboración entre El Eco, Bidoun y Tomo
※ Algunos ejemplos de que puedes donar/prestar: libros sobre petróleo, revistas de viajes, novelas románticas, ensayos, …
※ Las donaciones se pueden entregar en el museo dentro de sus horarios o por favor de contactarnos para solicitar que se recoja el material.
※ Todos los libros, material impreso y/o revistas proporcionados serían devueltos al concluir el evento — ¡al menos que se done!

A collaboration between El Eco, Bidoun, and Tomo
※ Some examples: books on oil and gas, magazines about travel, pulp romances, …
※ Donations may be delivered to the museum during opening hours or contact us to arrange for pick up.
※ All books, printed material and / or magazines provided will be returned at the conclusion of the event — unless being donated!