Iranian artist Shirin Neshat takes us behind the scenes before her upcoming show in Baku. Our special feature on englightenment this issue invites members of the art world to show us their perspective and Taymour Grahne gallery boasts with an impressive roster of regional artists after opening in New York just two years ago. In addition, we review Jeddah’s second edition of 21,39 and Parviz Tanavoli’s first museum retrospective. We give you what’s coming up in the world of auctions and discover the work of Hazem Harb, Mehmet Ali Uysal and Abbas Akhavan. Last but not least we pay tribute to the late dress designer Thea Porter and her interest in Middle Eastern art.