Noha Zayed (Fotos), Basma Hamdy (Hrsg.)


Egypt's Calligraphic Landscape


Egyptian cities and villages abound with an enormous wealth of khatt, or calligraphic script, ranging from casual scrawls and scribbles to elaborately-painted colourful murals. These historical and contemporary versions of urban lettering, varying in surface, medium and technique, adorn mosques, shop-fronts, houses, trucks, boats, schools, tuk tuks and walls. They are records of human existence, documenting expressions of hope, fears, dreams and anxieties.

Featuring beautiful and unique examples of these written expressions, Khatt is an extensive visual documentation of the found typograhy and calligraphy in Egypt, a calligraphy hub that possesses a rich tradition of education and production in the field. This timely volume records the traditional craftsmanship of hand-painted calligraphy, which is fast disappearing because of the digitisation of the Arabic script. Spanning cities across Egypt, and highlighting the history of Arabic script in the country, Khatt is a rich visual source-book, vital for designers, artists and enthusiasts.

Über die Autorin / über den Autor:

Noha Zayed is a photographer and creative entrepreneur based in Cairo, Egypt. She co-curates the highly popular Instagram account "Arabic Typography", and is co-founder of Zafir, an Egyption T-shirt brand. Zayed's work has been exhibited in festivals across the Middle East, such as Dubai Design Week and the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, and has featured in a number of publications and magazines.

Basma Hamdy is Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. Hamdy has exhibited and appeared at international art and design festivals and conferences, including Duke University's Art of the Revolution and Spielart Festival Munich. Her publications include Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution.

Preis: CHF 47.90
Sprache: Englisch
Art: Gebundenes Buch, zahlr. Abb.
Erschienen: 2018
Verlag: Saqi Books
ISBN: 978-0-86356-901-2
Masse: 160 S.