Local/Not Local: Arabic & Iranian Typography Made in California

Nov. 26, 2014 – Feb. 15, 2015
Lower Level Gallery 


Typography, typeface and font debates may seem like a recent phenomenon, but they have always been part of any good design discussion. This is true for English and the Roman alphabet, as well as Arabic and its alphabet.

The 10 artists shown here come from diverse Middle Eastern backgrounds, but all live in California and use the Arabic alphabet in their designs. Their work is tied to their personal ancestral heritage, as well as their own modern style. These pieces include client-driven as well as independent works.

First shown at the Levantine Cultural Center in California, Local/Not Local was curated by Maece Seirafi and Pouya Jahanshahi. Read an interview with the curators.

Yusef al-Ahmad, Sam Anvari, Milka Broukhim, Kourosh Beigpour, Reem Hammad, Pouya Jahanshahi, Paymon Pojhan, Ebrahim Poustinchi, Maece Seirafi, Shilla Shakoori


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  • November 26, 2014 - February 15, 2015