In the light of the Arab revolutions that currently bring sweeping changes to the Middle East, this book keeps an eye on the fascinating developments of graffiti and street art in this region.
Whether on the freight trucks of Lebanon, along village alleyways in Bahrain, on the bullet-riddled walls of Palestine, or adorning the walls of Western metropolises and designer bags, Arabic script has experienced a revival. Graffiti writers are increasingly experimenting with calligraphy on walls, and young designers are creating new fonts and type designs in books, galleries and public spaces. At times, Arabic graffiti voices the suffering of a nation, while in other contexts it serves as a quest for identity. Regardless whether the writing is in Beirut, Gaza, Tehran, Paris, London, Berlin or Montréal, Arabic graffiti cries out personal and national ideas in expressive calligraphic and typographic words.
“Arabic Graffiti” brings together artists, graffiti writers and typographers from the Middle East and around the world who merge Arabic calligraphy with the art of graffiti writing, street art and urban culture. In addition to a rich assortment of photos featuring Arabic graffiti and street art styles, it includes essays by distinguished authors and scene experts, in which they explore the traditional elements, modern approaches, and the socio-political and cultural backgrounds which have shaped Arabic graffiti movements in the Middle East.
“Arabic Graffiti” curated and authored by Lebanese typographer Pascal Zoghbi and graffiti writer and publisher Stone aka Don Karl, is an extensive and valuable reference on contemporary graffiti, urban calligraphy and type design in the realm of Arabic letters.
With contributions and essays by: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, Rana Jarbou, Tala F. Saleh, Houda Kassatly and William Parry.
Includes the artwork and thoughts of: Hassan Massoudy, Malik Anas Al-Rajab, eL Seed, Hest1, Julien Breton , L’ATLAS, Aerosol Arabic, Native & ZenTwO, Zepha aka Vincent Abadie Hafez, Typism, Akut and many more.
Book release 15th of April 2011
200 pages full color |Hardcover 28.5 x 21cm | 325 photographs & illustrations | English edition
Price: 24.95 € | ISBN: 978-3-937946-26-9
To order the book: http://www.fromheretofame.com/books/arabic.html or demand it at your trusted local bookstore or online sellers!
"The art I produce strays from classical forms of Arabic calligraphy and is therefore often deemed illegitimate; much like graffiti has been deemed an illegitimate form of art equated with vandalism. [...] Even those who do not read Arabic script can derive an idea of its meaning from the curves and forms of the words. It is this dual nature within calligraphy that attracted and inspired me." El Seed اجلس “Have a seat”, eL Seed, chair, acrylic on canvas Arabic Graffiti / ISBN 978-3937946269
eL Seed perceives Arabic Calligraphy as a tangible expression of his search for identity. Throughout his work, myriad paths intersect and mirror the multiple sources of inspiration which nourish his art. Emanating from this confusion is an amalgam of harmony and balance. His art is a mixture of street art and Arabic Calligraphy. It is the product of a double marginality, that of an oriental art seeking a voice in the occidental world, and that of street art struggling to legitimize its presence on the contemporary art scene. This duality enables the reconciling of two supposedly opposing worlds and two supposedly clashing cultures. eL Seed no longer tags his name on walls. He has decided to adopt a proverbial tradition in which the name disappears and only the message remains. Therefore, rather than searching for what distinguishes him from others, eL Seed searches for what unites him and others. His art is a link, an arm outstretched, a bridge towards those who are open to his message.
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« Arabic Graffiti » est une importante et extensive référence qui met en évidence l’utilisation de l’écriture arabe dans un contexte contemporain et urbain. Il réunit des artistes, graffeurs, écrivains, designers et typographes du Moyen-Orient et de partout dans le monde qui fusionnent la calligraphie arabe à l’art du graffiti, au street art et à la culture urbaine. Outre un riche assortiment de photos présentant des graffiti et des street art en style arabe, le livre comprend des essais d’auteurs distingués et d’experts qui explorent les éléments traditionnels, les approches modernes et les donnés sociopolitiques et culturelles qui ont façonné le graffiti arabe au Moyen-Orient.
Avec les contributions et les essais de : Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, Rana Jarbou, Tala F. Saleh, Houda Kassatly et William Parry.
Inclus les œuvres et les pensées de : Hassan Massoudy, Malik Anas Al-Rajab, eL Seed, Hest1, Julien Breton, L’ATLAS, Aerosol Arabic, Native & ZenTwO, Zepha aka Vincent Abadie Hafez, Typism, Akut et beaucoup d’autres.
Sortie du livre le 15 avril 2011
200 pages couleurs | Relié 28,5 x 21cm | 325 photographies et illustrations | édition anglaise
Prix : 24,95 € | ISBN: 978-3-937946-26-9
Auteurs et Artistes
« Arabic Graffiti » supervisé et rédigé par le typographe Libanais Pascal Zoghbi et le graffeur et éditeur Stone aka Don Karl, est une importante et extensive référence sur le graffiti contemporain, la calligraphie urbaine et le style graphique des lettres arabes.