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UK £40.00
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Hardback with jacket
320 pages
300 colour illustrations
28 x 23.5 cm (11.25 x 9.5 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4652-8
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Signs of Our Times: From Calligraphy to Calligraffiti

Rose Issa, Juliet Cestar and Venetia Porter

Foreword by Hans Ulrich Obrist

Signs of Our Times surveys six decades of a trend – the use of words and letters in art – led by artists from the Arab world and Iran. This unique book considers the work of over 40 key artists, ranging from those who pioneered the calligraphic movement in the 1950s to those who use the written word in their work today. Venetia Porter first provides a historical contextualization of the movement and its relationship to lettrism in Europe. Rose Issa then offers a concise overview of 60 years of the art movement in the Arab countries and Iran. The main part of the book is divided into three sections, each devoted to a different generation of artists: the pioneers who created a new aesthetic language following the independence of their countries; the second generation, who mostly live in exile and reference their own cultures and languages in their art; and the new generation of contemporary artists who have absorbed international concepts and languages, and who occasionally use Arabic and Persian script in their work. Each artist’s entry includes a succinct biography and a statement from the artist about their work. The book concludes with a timeline by Juliet Cestar that highlights major cultural and historical events in the Middle East during the last 60 years.

 

The first publication to explore the innovative use of words in art by artists from the Arab world and Iran

Presents the work of over 40 artists from different backgrounds and generations, curated by experts in Middle Eastern art. See 'More Information' for the full list

Offers an alternative historical and exceptionally personal perspective on artists, and by artists, from a region in turmoil

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Rose Issa is an independent curator, publisher and writer specializing in visual art and film from the Arab world and Iran.

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Artists featured in the book: Charles Hossein Zenderoudi • Osman Waqialla • Siah Armajani • Faramaz Pilaram • Parviz Tanavoli • Shaker Hassan El Said • Malineh Afnan • Ahmed Moustafa • Mohamed Ehsai • Ali Omar Ermes • Rachid Koraichi • Nja Mahdaoui • Mehdi Qotbi & Yahya • Fathi Hassan • Samir Sayegh • Kamal Boullata • Hossein Valamanesh • Shirin Neshat • Khaled Ben Slimane • Hassan Massoudy • Youssef Ahmad • Parastou Forouhar • Farhad Moshiri • Lalla Essayadi • Hamid Ajami • Susan Hefuna • Taraneh Hemami • Nourredine Daifallah • Chant Avedissian • Ghada Amer • Mounir Fatmi • Emily Jacir • Farhad Ahrarnia • Ayad Alkhadi • Ahmed Mater • Bita Ghezelayagh • Farah Behbehani • Bahia Shebab • Golnaz Fathi • Katayoun Rouhi • Pouran Jinchi • El Seed • Dia Batal • Zoulikha Bouabdallah

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