Big thanks to Emily Smith who invited to participate in the first regional biennial for Graphic Design in Sharjah UAE, the Fikra Biennial under the title “The Ministry of Graphic Design.” Despite blockade complications, we managed to get some representation in the “Department of Dematerializing Language.” There are some great ideas growing in the regional design community. From the curators:
"We are excited to launch this first-of-its-kind, international graphic design biennial in the region. We envisaged creating a graphic design biennial for both professionals and the general public alike," said Salem Al-Qassimi, Founder and Principal of Fikra, and Director of the Fikra Graphic Design Biennial. "The event aims to communicate the importance of graphic design as a practice and help designers understand it better. More importantly, I think that it is crucial to have a representation of this region in the discourse related to graphic design practice across the globe. It is equally important for us to carry forward our ideas, culture, and narrative. "