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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Reza Abedini: Graphic artist, educator
Participation Fees: 200,000 LBP
What would a font look like if each letter was drawn by a different person? This workshop looks at samples of different calligraphic styles, observing how the tool used affects the form of a letter. Participants will draw their own using a variety of tools, compiling the results into a functioning Arabic font. This will be then used to create posters promoting the work of the little letterers. Workshop Leaders: Khajag Apelian: Lettering, type and graphic designer Farah Fayyad: Lettering and graphic designer Participation Fee: 15,000 LBP Ages: 8-12
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
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
Join master calligrapher and teacher, Ali Assi for a guided tour of the Bachoura cemetery to study the history of tombstones. The tour will include a discussion on the ornamentation, dates and inscriptions used to decorate them. Assi will also discuss the crafts and different methods used to glorify tombstones.
Meeting Point: 9.45 AM at the main gate of Bachoura cemetery
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Participation Fee: 10.000 LBP