Bahia Shehab

GRANSHAN Jury 2019: Script expert for Arabic Scripts

Bahia Shehab is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and historian.
She is associate professor of design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo where she developed a full design curriculum focused on the visual culture of the Arab world. Her artwork is concerned with identity and preserving cultural heritage.

Through investigating Islamic art history she reinterprets contemporary Arab politics, feminist discourse and social issues. Her work has been on display in exhibitions, galleries and streets in Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, UAE, UK and the US (NY, Madison and Hawaii). The documentary Nefertiti's Daughters featuring her street artwork during the Egyptian uprising was released in 2015. Her work has received a number of international recognitions and awards some of which are BBC 100 Women list (2013), TED Senior fellowship (2016), and a Prince Claus Award (2016).

She is the first Arab woman to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. Her publications include "A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif" (Khatt 2010), “At The Corner of a Dream” (Gingko Library 2019) and a co-authored book “A History of Arab Graphic Design” (AUC Press 2019).

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