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Bahia Shehab

Creative Director + Islamic Art Historian

Artist+Creative Director+Islamic Art Historian

Bahia is Creative Director with MI7-Cairo working on projects relevant to cultural heritage. She teaches at the American University in Cairo and is currently developing a Graphic Design program for the department of Performing and Visual Arts. She is also a PhD candidate at Leiden University in Holland. Her research is focused on Fatimid Kufic inscriptions on portable items in the Mediterranean basin and beyond. It is concerned with form versus content and the extent to which the medium dictated the message.

Her MA thesis entitled "Floriated Kufic on the Monuments of Fatimid Cairo" received the Nadia Niazi Thesis Award at AUC in 2009.
Bahia's design work has been on display at Traffic Gallery in Dubai-UAE, Beijing International Typography Exhibition in Beijing-China, Haus Der Kunts in Munich-Germany, and Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary in Italy.

Graduated from the American University in Beirut with a degree in Graphic Design in 1999, she worked as a Creative Director with several multinational advertising agencies in Beirut, Dubai and Cairo, developing international and regional advertising campaigns. She notably created a De Beers campaign which won an IAA (International Advertising Association) gold award.

Her book "A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif" was published in 2010 by Khatt Books in Amsterdam.

  • 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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