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Presented By: Penny W Stamps School of Art & Design

Studio Safar: The Inherent Politics of Design

Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
Studio Safar is a design agency and publisher with offices in Beirut and, now, Tiohtia:ke (Montreal). The studio adopts an experimental approach to design. Evoked by its name, the studio is concerned with notions of communication across cultural and linguistic barriers. Projects span different media and design frameworks such as communication strategies, publications, visual identities, exhibitions and sets, and websites. Most of the work services the extended cultural sector, and is engaged in social and political discourse.
As opposed to having a signature style, Studio Safar is committed to creating singular design solutions for each collaboration. While drawing on a number of artistic and cultural influences and inspirations, research remains central to the design process. The studio collaborates with a network of creatives from a wide array of fields. The studio publishes the biannual and bilingual (Arabic/English) design and visual culture journal, Safar. The magazine answers to the lack of critical writings on design in the global south, and it works towards acknowledging designers as active agents of cultural production. The studio is also expanding into publishing books on design in the region.
Design is inherently political— it shapes our cities, our homes, bodies, and minds. It curates, connects, arranges, and defines. And, perhaps above all, it carries the power to shape our responses to challenges big and small, local and global, short and long term. This talk comes from an urge to decolonize visual culture from decades of European and American hegemony.
Studio Safar are in residence at Riverbank Arts in Flint, where the exhibition Flint ✕ Safar opens on October 14th. On October 15th, Studio Safar will be releasing Flint Magazine: Issue 3 at the Detroit Art Book Fair.
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