Research / Exhibition / Panel Discussion

Revealing Recording Reflecting : Women Graphic Designers from the SWANA Region

Panel 1/6: Introduction of Design History Research Project, Exhibition, and Panel Discussions

16 Mar 2022

The panel discussion, a hybrid format: onsite (Berlin) / online (world)
A discussion with Dr. Huda AbiFarès with Dr Yasmine Nachabe Taan, Dr Bahia Shehab, and Soukeina Hachem.

Opening of Exhibition: Revealing » Recording » Reflecting

Revealing Recording Reflecting is a speculative research on generations of women graphic designers from Southwest Asia and North Africa, and the diaspora. The project uses the exhibition platform as an editorial space to collect, reveal, retell and record the work and untold stories of the women graphic designers, calligraphers, typographers and illustrators who play key roles in shaping and rethinking visual and material culture of the region. It sources material openly with contributions from the design community and is guided by the four key researchers: Dr. Huda AbiFarès, Dr. Bahia Shehab, Dr. Yasmine Nachabe Taan and Soukeina Hachem.

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The project was initiated by:
Dr. Huda AbiFarès, Dr. Bahia Shehab and Anja Lutz.

Lead researchers:
Dr. Huda AbiFarès, Dr. Yasmine Nachabe Taan, Dr. Bahia Shehab, and Soukeina Hachem.

The exhibition is co-curated by:
Anja Lutz (A—Z Presents) & Dr. Huda AbiFarès (Khatt Foundation).
The related exhibition runs until 19 May 2022 at A—Z Presents, Torstrasse 93, Berlin
Exhibition is open Thursdays from 13:00— 19:00, or by appointment.

Guest contributing researchers include:
Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad, Hala Al-Ani, Sahar Khraibani, Fatma Mansour, Sara Abu Ghazal, Noha Abou-Khatwa, Yara Khoury Nammour, Basma W. Hamdy, Lina Ghaibeh, Deena Mohamed, Sara Rizkallah, Dr. Roshanak Keyghobadi, Ghalia Elsrakbi, Dina Benbrahim and Maya Moumne. In addition to contributions made by numerous designers featured in the research.

A comprehensive publication will follow, edited by Dr. Huda AbiFarès, and published by Khatt Books in 2023. 

This project is generously supported by:
Khatt Foundation ( @khattfoundation, Khatt Books ( @khatt_books, The Arab Fund For Arts and Culture (AFAC) (, The Arab Council for Social Sciences (ACSS) ( through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ( @acss_org, and A—Z Presents (, and Khatt Chronicles @khatt_chronicle.