Inspired from the 2011 publication Arabic Graffiti written by Don Stone Karl and Pascal Zoghbi, the exhibition Contemporary Arabic Graffiti and Lettering: Photographs of a Visual Revolution examines the development and impact of Arabic graffiti over the past decade through 30 contemporary photographs and accompanying didactic panels.
The exhibition will look at the history and development of traditional Arabic script and calligraphy, providing a framework and context for contemporary calligraphy and graffiti work. However, the exhibition will primarily look at how contemporary Arabic graffiti artists, mostly from Middle Eastern descent, are reviving and reinterpreting Arabic letter forms into a new graphic style, creating new lettering and typography that is becoming a part of an increasingly globalized design field and practice.
Artists represented in the exhibition include Ammar Abo Bakr, Aya Tarek, El Seed, Hest 1, Julien Breton aka Kaalam, L’Atlas, Monsieur Cana aka Askar, Muiz, Native & ZenTwo, Sadhu, Sameh Ismael, Sun 7 aka Jonas Bournat, Typism and Keos, Yazan and Zepha aka Vincent Abadie Hafez.
The exhibition is held in conjunction with the FotoFest 2014 Biennial.