Spring 2005

Prints of Persia: Islamic World Posters [extract]

First Islamic World Poster Biennial

Tehran, Iran, 17 November 2004 –1 January 2005

Organised by the Iranian Academy of Art in association with the Saba Artistic and Cultural Center, this new event provided an opportunity to see artists not only from Iran, but also from Syria, Qatar, Oman, Yemen, the Sudan and elsewhere, whose work is rarely shown at poster biennials.

Mohsen Zare, director of Saba, wanted: ‘to create an arena where Muslim designers can communicate with each other and address issues that are important to us.’ Akram Pooraki, director of International Affairs at the Iranian Academy of Arts, added that they also wanted to: ‘identify and recognise Muslim designers around the world and to learn of their situations in their countries and serve as a depository of research on Islamic subjects.’ Topics addressed during the biennial included: ‘The History of Posters in Muslim countries’, ‘Signs and Symbols in Poster Design in Muslim Societies’, and ‘Muslim Graphic Design Education.’ [...]

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