Presentations, Panel Discussion, and Book launches of 4 titles from Khatt Books’ “Arabic Design Library”
A presentation and panel discussion, followed by the launch of the four books of the series presenting the works and the pioneering role of the respective designer in the propagation of a modern Arab visual culture. The books presents unpublished new research and rich historical facts and critical analysis of cultural production in the late 1960s to late 1980s. Both the Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi and the Syrian designer Abdulkader Arnaout are renowned but their graphic design work is largely undocumented. The Arabic Design Library series of concise monographs on inspiring design achievements from the Arab region, highlights the work of prominent Arab typographers, graphic designers and illustrators. This series establishes a visual record of Arab design history of the 20th century, and paves the way for critical writing, by Arab authors, on design from the region.
Moderator: Yale alumna Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès—the Founding Director of the Khatt Foundation and Khatt Books. Based in Amsterdam, her professional, cultural, and educational activities extend from the US, to Europe and the Arab World. She holds a PhD from Leiden University, an MFA from Yale University, and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.
Program: Sunday March 18
5:00—7:00: presentations and panel discussion at the lecture hall of Pages Bookstore Cafe (2nd Fl).
7:00—9:00: book signing and refreshments at Pages Bookstore Cafe.
Pages Bookstore Cafe Herengracht 470, 1017 CA Amsterdam
For more information: Khatt Books: Book presentations and Signings of its latest Arabic Design Library titles