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Bahia Shehab

Artist, designer and art historian.

Artist+Creative Director+Islamic Art Historian

Bahia Shehab is a Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and art historian.

She is associate professor of professional practice and director of the visual cultures and graphic design programs at the American University in Cairo. She has developed and launched the new graphic design major for the department of the arts with courses mainly focused on visual culture of the Arab world.

Her artwork has been on display at exhibitions and galleries in China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, UAE and the US. Between 2011 and 2013 she was active as a street artist during the Egyptian uprising. The documentary Nefertiti's Daughters featuring her street artwork was released in 2015.

Her book, A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif, was published in 2010 by Khatt Books. Bahia was selected as one of BBC’s 100 Women for two consecutive years in 2013 and 2014. The American University in Beirut honored her as distinguished alumna in 2015. She is a 2012 TED Global Fellow and a 2016 TED Senior Fellow.

  • Comment in: Funky Geometry

    Arabesque re-invented

    This is simply wonderful. The shapes that can come out of it are endless. It is a great example of how we should re-look at our classic I...

    Bahia Shehab
    30 Sep 2008, 10:17
  • Comment in: DIY Mukarnas Disks


    Nice work Samar, I can't wait to play around with these modules:)

    Bahia Shehab
    30 Sep 2008, 10:08
  • Comment in: Ruh : Life With Letters

    Tree of Life

    Farah it's a really beautiful tree. Wonderful use of the Simbuli script:) Well done:)

    Bahia Shehab
    30 Sep 2008, 10:06
  • Comment in: Magic Arch

    Hello Cordoba

    I think the guys in Andalusia would have been very proud to see this☺
    This basic Islamic horseshoe arch that has filled al-Hambra ...

    Bahia Shehab
    30 Sep 2008, 10:02
  • Comment in: In defence of a remarkable exhibition

    History vs. Modernity: Our Favorite Debate

    We can call the Tate a cliché or we can simply crossover to the other bank and go to the Tate modern. But I guess what the reviewer was ...

    Bahia Shehab
    19 Aug 2007, 23:16
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