A short documentary to explore the perception of Islam as a civilisation and culture through contemporary art and artists influenced by eastern culture in Europe.
film director: khéridine mabrouk
editing: maxime mathis
sound mixing: benjamin laurent
art videos by damir niksic
the film graffix from the Soux by pete stern
art and islam usa tour by musa syeed
For Tehran-born and Amsterdam-based designer, Reza Abedini, graphic design is not merely a visual art form but "a value". Combining traditional and contemporary types in his own body of work—logos, posters, corporate identities and three-dimensional designs—for more than 20 years, he is also teaching as professor of graphic design. In our Gestalten.tv feature, he gives insight into the merits of Arabesque 2: Graphic Design from the Arab and Persian World, why there is a "useless distance between the letters" in western printing and how to find one's own visual identity these days.
Graffiti artists from Egypt, Tunisia and Germany created a street art gallery around the Tutankhamun exhibition hall in Frankfurt, Germany. Aya Tarek, Ammar Abo Bakr and Ganzeer, some of the best known street artists from Egypt and El Seed, a street artist from Tunisia whose work has influenced graffiti artists around the Arab world, painted together with Caram Kapp and Frankfurt based artist Andreas von Chrzanowski aka Case.
"While the Musalman is a Muslim newspaper, it is a hub of South Asian liberalism, employing both women and non-Muslims. Half the katibs are women and the chief reporter is Hindu. Staff members say that Indira Gandhi, former prime minister of India, once called the business the epitome of what modern India should be.
Fazlulla believes the handwritten pages are crucial to the paper and to the tradition of handwritten Urdu.
For centuries, handwriting was the definitive mark of social status, education and liberal values in India. Calligraphers mastered the swooping Urdu script in ivory-tower institutions and penned copies of the Koran for wealthy patrons. The pinnacle of a katib's achievement meant a seat at court and a chance to earn the sultan's ear.
Similar to spoken Hindi, Urdu is a mixture of Arabic, Persian and local Indian languages. It originated in the army camps of Muslim rulers in Delhi and has been the language of poets and artists because its rich roots draw on so many traditions across various cultures."
- Scott Carney
The Musalman is probably the last handwritten newspaper in the world and has been operational since 1927. Here is their story.