Rijin Sahakian received her MA in Cultural Policy from New York University, and founded Sada, a nonprofit project conducting arts education, advocacy, and production programs serving Baghdad-based artists, which she directed until its closure in spring 2015. She has conducted seminars and programs at arts and education spaces in the US and abroad including at the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, where she guest curated the exhibition Shangri La: Imagined Cities and served as visiting professor at the California Institute of the Arts.

 

Sahakian has contributed writing to a range of artist projects and publications including Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, Future ImperfectHyperallergicWARSCAPESe-flux journal, and n+1.