Saadi

Sex, drugs, and gol-o-bolbol

 

I am the founder and Editor of REORIENT, an acclaimed online arts and culture magazine. I have also contributed to a host of other high-profile publications, such as Columbia University’s Columbia Journal (whose Guest Editor I served as in 2016), Forbes, The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, The Economist, i-D/Vice, Another Man, Frieze, Christie’s, Encyclopaedia Iranica, and Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, been interviewed by news outlets like Newsweek (which referred to me as a ‘leading figure in the art world’ in 2016), PRI, The Art Newspaper, and the CBC, and seen my articles republished in a wide variety of languages.
 
As well, throughout my adventures in journalism, I’ve interviewed Sir Paul Smith, John Varvatos, Anna Sui, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, and Marjane Satrapi, amongst many other luminaries.
 
In 2015, I was granted an International Award for Art Criticism (IAAC) by London’s Royal College of Art. Other prestigious cultural institutions, such as the V&A Museum, the Aga Khan Museum, the Courtauld Institute, LACMA, and Art Dubai, have also recognised and made mention of me, as have fashion brands like Pull & Bear and technology firms including Apple and Microsoft.
 
I am also the author of a translation of Omar Khayyam’s Robaiyat, a novella (Coming Down Again), a volume of poetry (Lovers of Light), and a collection of stories and essays (With My Head in the Clouds and Stars in My Eyes). In addition, my writing can be found in such books as Mahdi Ehsaei’s Afro-Iran, Sarah Maple’s Not My Cup of Tea, Uncommon Dubai, and Ali Mobasser’s Stamps of a Revolution.

Education

MSc. in Management
Cass Business School, City University London (2010)
 
BBA
Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto (2009)

Awards

International Award for Art Criticism (IAAC)
Royal College of Art, London (2015)

Areas of Focus

Contemporary art
Fashion
Rock and roll
Film