Joobin Bekhrad


An award-winning writer, Joobin Bekhrad (BBA, MSc.) is the founder and Editor of REORIENT, a publication celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture. He has contributed to such publications as the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Christie’s, Encyclopaedia Iranica, Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, Aesthetica, Canvas, and Songlines, seen his articles translated into Persian, Arabic, Italian, Russian, and Chinese, among other languages, and interviewed personalities including Parviz Tanavoli, Ziad Doueiri, Mohammad Rasoulof, Joana Hadjithomas, and Khalil Joreige.

Writing about visual art, literature, music, and film, many of his articles focus on themes such as rock and roll, Orientalism, and the experience of being caught between two cultures. In 2015, Joobin was granted an International Award for Art Criticism (IAAC) by London’s Royal College of Art. He is also the author of a new translation of Omar Khayyam’s poems from Persian into English, as well as a new novella about Iran and rock and roll, and is currently based in Toronto, Canada.