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Exhibitions

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

MIDAD: THE PUBLIC AND INTIMATE LIVES OF ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY

12/04 - 12/10/2017

The inaugural exhibition of the El-Nimer Collection, Midād presents over 75 pieces from the eighth to the twentieth centuries, alongside five new commissions from contemporary artists. 

The exhibition investigates the ways in which Arabic calligraphy has throughout history mirrored notions of the public and private, the political and personal, the performative and poetic, as well as the literary environments of its time.

Unbound to chronology or geography, Midād explores Arabic script’s development, transformation and diverse application over time and across the world. Beyond the texts they contain, manuscripts, panels, ceramics, textiles and tools are objects that have been redefined by a process of circulation in different social, geographic and cultural contexts of history.

 

Media Partners: Ibraaz, Onorient, Al-Akhbar

ADVANCED WORKSHOP

TYPOEM WITH REZA ABEDINI

July 3 - 7 . 10am - 1pm

In this intensive workshop, participants are invited to take classic Arabic poems and use them to make a typographic poetry book in Arabic. The approach is based on understanding and adapting the special qualities and characteristics of the Arabic writing system, calligraphy and typography.
This workshop is open to students and professionals in graphic design. Applicants are required to submit up to five samples of their work for review before registration to activities@darelnimer.org

Reza Abedini: Graphic artist, educator
Participation Fees: 200,000 LBP

TALK | Panel on Arabic Type

BRIDGING ARABIC SCRIPT & TYPE

25/07/2017 . 7 - 8:30pm

Within the shapes of arabic letters lies an ocean of artistic production that has carried the content of language for thousands of years. In this talk, the panellists reflect on the challenges faced in understanding the cultural heritage of the Arabic script and how this knowledge forms the backbone of contemporary Arabic type. The discussion will be centred around the necessity of building bridges between tradition and modernity in order to create authentic and high-quality Arabic typefaces.

The panel includes: Lara Captan: Type designer & typographer, Kristyan Sarkis: Type and graphic designer, Onur Yazıcıgil: Typographer, educator 

TALK | Thomas Milo & Mirjam Somers

LIBERATING ARABIC

27/07/2017 . 7 - 8:30PM

With millions of people using the Arabic script online, in many different languages, Silicon Valley’s ignorance of Arabic script culture remains detrimental to the development and use of digital typographic forms in Arabic, despite localised and individual attempts to create non-Latin script solutions for browsers. This talk presents a new concept and technology, which offers a comprehensive solution suitable for broad online application, unshackled to specific corporate operating systems. 

Thomas Milo: Linguist, typographer
Mirjam Somers: Typographer, type designer

KIDS' WORKSHOP | Studio Kawakeb

FAT'HA DAMMEH KASRA

19/07/2017 . 10 - 12PM

This interactive workshop invites children to explore Arabic script from an unusual perspective. Over the span of two hours, children will be immersed in a series of entertaining and educational experiences using their senses. How can we make letter shapes with our bodies? Think of characters in terms of animals? Match one calligraphic style with another? Led by Studio Kawakeb, kids will be inspired to explore and engage with language and writing beyond speech and text itself.

Studio Kawakeb: Visual arts studio
Participation Fee: 15,000 LBP
Ages: 5-8

TALK | Reza Abedini

THE BIRTH OF TYPOGRAPHY OUT OF THE SPIRIT OF CALLIGRAPHY

30/05/2017 . 7 - 8:30PM

How do we define calligraphy and typography? This talk is a thorough examination of the journey from contemporary calligraphy into typography. Abedini explores processes of conversion, transformation and reduction, addressing technical and aesthetic issues related to the development of modern visual languages in graphic design and Perso-Arabic typography

Reza Abedini: Graphic artist, educator