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Edge of Arabia

November 19, 2008


Edge of Arabia is an art exhibition displaying in London, UK where it showcases the new wave of contemporary art of 17 Saudi artists.  Artists participating include; Faisal Samra, Manal Al Dowayan, Abdulnasser Gharem, Lulwah Al-Humoud, Ahmad Mater Aseeri and much more.

The exhibition aims to reveal and empower the unknown voice of the Saudi artists. The exhibition does not come through a propaganda-approach to try and eradicate the negative notions and impressions of the country, yet it desires to create a long-lasting channel to communicate through freely and constantly.

Quote from Ahmad Mater Aseeri:

“What I like about ‘Edge of Arabia’ is that it takes the challenge as opposed to just speaking about the necessity or urgency of doing so. Now it is ‘Edge of Arabia’s’ job to communicate with the world in a positive way, and above all to illuminate.”

Here are the exhibition details:

  • When:
    Sunday 16 November 2008
  • Until:
    Saturday 13 December 2008
  • Where:
    Brunei Gallery at SOAS University of London
    10 Thornhaugh St, London – UK
    WC1H 0XG
    Russell Square
  • Contact:
    +44 (0)20 7898 4915
  • Visit:

You can also visit the online shop and purchase from a very interesting collection of items. The selection includes the book of the exhibiton, prayer beads, t-shirts, Moleskine notebooks, postcards and more.


Arabesque: Graphic Design from the Arab World & Persia

April 23, 2008

The German graphic design duo Ben Wittner and Sascha Thoma, founders of eps51 graphic design studio, been working very hard on compiling a solid showcase of the Graphic Design from the Arab World as well as Persia (Iran) under a book titled Arabesque: Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia.

The book looks at different fields; Calligraphy, Illustration, Poster Design, Type Manipulation, Type Design, Logos and much more. Within the pages many interviews with different artists featured, like; Mouneer El Shaarani, George Azmy, Nadine Chahine, Wissam Shawkat and more.

Here are few previews of the book, from different sections:

“Calligraphical” section – work featured: Wissam Shawkat & Diana Hawatmeh

Susan HefunaNja Mahdaoui

“Pictural” section with featured work of George Azmy

Kareem LotfyKomraids

Ibrahim EslamZena El-Khalil

“Pictural Type” section – with featured work of Mehdi Saeedi

Shahrazad Changalvaee

“Type Design” section – with featured work by Mohammed Shennawy

Yanone / Underware – Yara Khoury / Himmelbraun

“Logotypes” section featuring a number of different logos by different designers

“Graphical” section – featured work by Peyman Pourhosein

Reem NaeimGanzeer – Richard Niessen

The book comes with free CD includes Talib Type
Developed by eps51 – a Latin type derived from Arabic characters