The Politics of Design Publishing: Alternative Narratives from the Arab World

Part of Printing Plant Art Book Fair programme

23 Nov 2019

A lecture by Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
15.15 – 16.15, auditorium

The talk will address the importance of documenting and presenting an alternative design history from parts of the world that are rarely covered in main-stream design publications. It will present the series of design monographs, The Arabic Design Library, published by Khatt Books since 2014.

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Seven titles have been published so far including designers from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. The series covers the work of some of the Arab World's design pioneers who were practicing in the period stretching from the 1960s to the 1980s and who in their own way, engaged with design as a tool for political emancipation and socio-cultural progress.

The Arabic Design Library series of monographs will be presented along with other research-based publications by Khatt Books, the publishing arm of the Khatt Foundation.