EPISODE 1: CULTURAL MISCONCEPTIONS | A visual storytelling workshop

2-4 May 2013, at The Archive: Safa Park, in Dubai.

If you live near or happen to be in Dubai and have time to spend the weekend with one of our Khatt community's most creative designers, then register for this creative (and fun) workshop. Designers Lara Balaa and Rita Saad will be offering a visual storytelling workshop around the theme of cultural misconceptions.

Deadline for registration 28 April 2013

Places are limited: to register email visualnarrativeworkshops@gmail.com before April 28.

VNW01 - Lara Balaa

The workshop will run over the course of three days during which participants will write their own story and visualize it with type, drawings, collage, photography or any other way they see fit. Stories will then be compiled in a manually bound booklet that participants can keep as a souvenir.

Having previously lived in the gulf, both workshop designers have experienced a peculiar sense of (un)mixity between the different cultures living in the gulf. Based on each individual’s occupation and income level, one is more prone to mix with others who belong to the same social class and therefore have a similar lifestyle as opposed to others who come from different cultural backgrounds. This pattern is further enhanced by a limited street culture. With time, the ‘other’ becomes an object onto which one can lay all kinds of misconceptions. Unless put under the test, these misconceptions can evolve into dangerous prejudice. The workshop we are proposing for Dubai aims to uncover the stereotypes we have (or used to have) of another who comes from a different culture and who we never had the chance to interact with. These stereotypes will be explored, questioned, ridiculed at times and hopefully eradicated (at least on a personal level) through narratives compiled by the workshop’s participants. Narratives will translated visually, reproduced and compiled in the form of a manually bound booklet that participants can keep as a souvenir.

Participation fee: 300 AED.
For more information please visit: http://www.khtt.net/page/38546/en