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Studio Safar: The Inherent Politics of Design

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Penny Stamps Speaker Series presents: Studio Safar
The Inherent Politics of 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, the studio is committed to creating singular design solutions for each collaboration. 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. Design is inherently political— it shapes our cities, our homes, bodies, and minds. It curates, connects, arranges, and defines, carrying 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 is in residence at Riverbank Arts in Flint.

In partnership with Flint Magazine and Riverbank Arts, with support from The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Chancellor's Office at The University of Michigan – Flint.