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Arab Design Pioneers and the Propagation of a Modern Visual Culture

The Arabic Design Library series of concise design monographs (1960s—1980s)

Presentations, Panel Discussion, and Book launches of two new titles for the Arabic Design Library.

Auditorium, Level -2 | Sursock Museum Resto and Store
In English and Arabic
Free Admission

Join us for a presentation and panel discussion, followed by the launch of two books: Yasmine Nachabe Taan’s Abdulkader Arnaout: Designing as Visual Poetry and Lina Hakim’s Dia al-Azzawi. Taking a Stand: Activism Through Graphic Design.

Moderated by publisher and editor Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, the panel will feature presentations by authors Yasmine Nachabe Taan and Lina Hakim, artist Dia al-Azzawi, and art critic and designer Waddah Faris.

The panel discussion will be followed by a book signing and a reception at the Sursock Museum Store and Resto.

The books to be presented are:
—Abdulkader Arnaout: Designing as Visual Poetry, by Yasmine Nachabe Taan, Arabic Design Library 3.
—Dia al-Azzawi. Taking a Stand: Activism Through Graphic Design, by Lina Hakim, Arabic Design Library 4.

Each book presents the works and the pioneering role of the respective designer in the propagation of a modern Arab visual culture. The books presents unpublished new research and rich historical facts and critical analysis of cultural production in the late 1960s to late 1980s. Both the Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi and the Syrian designer Abdulkader Arnaout are renown but their graphic design work is largely undocumented. The Arabic Design Library series of concise monographs on inspiring design achievements from the Arab region, highlights the work of prominent Arab typographers, graphic designers and illustrators. This series establishes a visual record of Arab design history of the 20th century, and paves the way for critical writing, by Arab authors, on design from the region.

Program
7:00—8:00: presentations and panel discussion at the museum auditorium
8:00—9:00: book signing and reception at the museum book shop / cafe

Abdulkader Arnaout: Designing as Visual Poetry
Author: Yasmine Nachabe Taan
Publisher: Khatt Books, Amsterdam
Series: Arabic Design Library 3
ISBN 978-94-90939-11-3
176 p, ills colour, 17 x 24 cm, Hardback, English & Arabic
€ 29,50

Dia al-Azzawi. Taking a Stand: Activism Through Graphic Design
Author: Lina Hakim
Publisher: Khatt Books, Amsterdam
Series: Arabic Design Library 4
ISBN 978-94-90939-12-0
176 p, ills colour, 17 x 24 cm, Hardback, English & Arabic
€ 29,50
For more information please visit the official site of Khatt Books at:
www.khattbooks.com

For more information about each book and to have a look inside, please visit the Khatt Books website at www.khattbooks.com

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