Celebrating Issue 06

This July marks three years since the release of our second printed issue – Issue 06, Summer 2012. Until the 1st of August, you can buy a copy of this collector's issue and save on the shipping fee no matter where you are in the world.

With 130 pages of content, issue 06 was one of our most controversial. The issue features a story on vintage film posters from the region with special illustrations responding to the posters from Faten Kanaan and Nada Dalloul. Issue 06 also features stories and photo essays on Syria, Lebanon, Dubai, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia Qatar, Morocco; interviews with May Shigenobu, Autostrad, Suha Araj, Salma Tuqan, Mona Shahid, Christine Tohme, Najwa Najjar, James Nizam, Joseph Shahadi, Omar Kashoura, Razan Alazzouini, Sarah Baadarani, Marwan Kaabour, Atelier Uraiqat and Harakat Sisters; and illustrations by Khalid Albaih, Faris Habayeb, Dina Khorchid, and Ibraheem Youssef. 

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Dossier: Art & Design

Dossier: Culture

Two new articles in the Art & Design Dossier

Four years ago...

We have attempted, in these last four years, to be anything but cliché. However, we will start this post by being cliché. We are going to start by saying that these four years have passed extremely quickly. We're also going to mention how, at the time, many cultural producers were extremely idealistic about the events occuring across the region, and people who formerly never identified as 'Arab' began embracing the idea. Although we do not consider Kalimat as a project that evolved from the euphoria that surrounded the so-called Arab Spring (we did launch about 3.5 weeks prior to the events of 17/12/2010), we continue to believe that our slogan - challenge the status-quo - is relevant now more than ever. Despite the fact that Kalimat is not about the Arab region or Arab affairs, but about providing an open space for the Arab creative to share their work, the recent events have given more weight to this very important and brief manifesto.

Now we've had a rough road. We began publishing a newsletter (Issue 01-December 2010), then a full PDF magazine online viewable on Issuu, then moved into print, and then moved back into the online space. Throughout the years, we've evolved from being a magazine that publishes quarterly, to biannually, to following the model of Emigre magazine before us (sporadically), from a team of one, to five, to two, then onto producing exhibitions and working on education and cultural projects. To answer the question that everyone always asks - no...print is not dead. But it isn't really effective either. Print, at this point in time, is not the most practical solution for a publication whose mission is to be accessible to all. Nor is being purely online. But, our experiment with the print medium is not yet over, and finding that balance between this and that is something we have been working on for some time, so stay tuned. For now, look out for us publishing an online version, which is available through VisualManiac, and with free articles on our website.

After four years, which is almost a lifetime in internet years, we are still here. Our following has grown, and we are happy that we have unique, quality followers. We want to thank those who have followed us from day one, those who signed up to our newsletter, who have contributed an article, design, or feedback, or anything, those who have ever clicked on the website, read an article, read the whole magazine, purchased the magazine or a subscription, a t-shirt, a poster, a notebook, liked our social media pages, sent us an email, donated to our IndieGogo, criticised us, mocked us, filled out our surveys, picked up our postcards, visited any of our exhibitions, asked us to be part of their event, and even those that only picked us up at the shop, leafed through the pages, only to put us back down...the list is endless. Whether you like what we do or hate it, you have contributed something to it. And any type of contribution is one that can only help this organisation evolve.

There is much more we want to say, but we will conclude with this: from the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you for four wonderful years. We hope that we continue running Kalimat for a long time, and that it continues on inspiring you, irritating you, providing a critical and informed view, making you think and hopefully, enticing you to act.


The Kalimat Team

New online articles

Make sure to click on DOSSIER: Online Articles to read our latest articles. What's up?

Many more articles up in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes on our networks to find out the latest news. 

Win two tickets to the screening of "West Beirut" on 24 September

***UPDATE: Thank you to all those who participated, we have a winner!***

If you want to win two tickets to the screening of West Beirut on the 24th of September at 20.00 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, part of Safar: The Festival of Popular Arab Cinema, send us your response to the following question:

  • The director of "West Beirut" Ziad Doueiri has worked as a camera assistant on four Quentin Tarantino films. Can you name them?

Send your response by email to info@kalimatmagazine.com. Include your name and telephone number. Deadline is 17.00 (GMT) on Friday 12th September, and the winner will be notified by Saturday afternoon.

Media partnership with Safar: The Festival of Popular Arab Cinema

Kalimat is proud to announce its media partnership with Safar: The festival of popular Arab Cinema, presented by the Arab British Centre. This year's edition will feature a film festival and an exhibition exploring Arab pop culture. 

Check out the full programme here, as well as in our events calendar

Kalimat Talks no. 003 - Kalimat x 7iber

Join us for Kalimat Talks no 003, in partnership with 7iber for "Public Transportation in Amman: Future of Movement in the City" a conversation with Hazem Zureiqat and Dr. Ayman Smadi. More details here

Kalimat Reader Survey 2014

Enter our 2014 Reader Survey and you might win two tickets to the screening of Omar at  at the British Film Institute in London - part of the Discover Arab Cinema programme

Fill out the survey

Choose Your Own Adventure

Graphic Design Exhibition | 7-29 June at the Bluecoat, Liverpool

The future is bleak. Everything revolves around the past. Fatalism…helplessness…or the opposite: utopian visions. The visuals are kitsch, the covers dictate the content, the railway is revived, the headlines are imagined, the transportation system wants to move from implicit to explicit, and the orientalism – the self-orientalising is running wild.

The design_atelier's latest exhibition will open on the 7th of June as part of the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in Liverpool. Specially commissioned for the Bluecoat, the exhibition is on until 29 June and features the work of designers and illustrators Marwa Boukarim, Nour Flayhan, Aya Jaffar, Lama Khayyat, Dina Khorchid, Maures, Cynthia Merhej, Mohammed Mousa, Studio Kanaba, and Marwan Shahin. The exhibition also features a special talk "Political graphics of the Arab streets: Posters of Resistance/Graffiti as Resistance" by Zeina Maasri.

Visit kalimatmagazine.com/choose to find out more about the exhibition

Amman Design Pop-Up Shop

The design_atelier_ is happy to announce our latest collaboration with the Katara Art Center. Curated by the design_atelier_, the Amman Design Pop-Up shop will feature unique items from over 15 designers living and working in Amman. The pop-up opens at 7pm on Wednesday 30th of April and is on until the 15th of June at Katara Art Center in Doha. Stay tuned to kalimatmagazine.com/ammanpopup for more details.

Opening Reception: Wednesday 30 April 7-9pm
Pop-Up Duration: April 30-15 June 2014

The KAC Regional Design Pop-Up series was conceived to expose a Doha audience to regional design, exploring the numerous and creative routes that designers take in creating work for the public. The pop-ups are intended to inform and inspire, allowing Doha-based designers and design enthusiasts to find out about and support independent design from the region in an accessible and engaging way.

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Issue 09 - Out Now!

Issue 09 sees Kalimat return to the online format.

The full issue can be read online here, and for a limited time, download a free PDF version.

Our official podcast, Isma3oo, in collaboration with Radio Zinhum, can be streamed and downloaded here. 

Cover image: Nora Aly

Contribute to Issue 09

Interested in writing for us? The deadline for submissions is now the 1st of February 2014. Contact us for more details on how to participate in Issue 09. We're also always looking for submission ideas from Arab creatives around the world. Review our submissions page for more details. 

Posters in our shop

We're restocked our "Books are Written in Cairo, Published in Beirut, and Read in Baghdad" poster in our shop. The giclée print is available in three sizes - A1 ($32)/A2 ($22)/A3 ($12), or a custom size depending on your needs, just contact us for details. Buy it now!

Al-Souk: the best of Arab Art & Design

14-21 Nov at Graffik Gallery | 25 Nov-1 Dec at The Tabernacle

Kalimat Magazine is happy to announce its participation in the first edition of Al-Souk at Nour Festival. The souk opens 14 November at 20.00 with a public reception at Graffik Gallery (284 Portobello Road). For the next two weeks, 17 different designers and artists will be selling their works at two locations in London. Come by and pick up a copy of Kalimat! More details click here

We're also proud to announce that the Al-Souk logo, poster, and 4-page catalogue was designed by Kalimat's design_atelier_

The Censored

17-26 October at Hardy Tree Gallery

Kalimat Magazine and Hardy Tree Gallery are excited to present The Censored, an exhibition of new work by Cairo-based graphic designer Ghada Wali. This exhibition will feature a series of works that were previously deemed "too risky" by a London-based gallery for In the City. The Censored will be running for a limited 9-day period from 17-26 October. 

The gallery is open Thu-Sun 12.00-18.00 and by appointment (email info@kalimatmagazine.com for details). Read the full press release and find out more on Film Ikhwany.

Hardy Tree Gallery, 119 Pancras Road, NW1 UN, London | Nearest Underground: King's Cross, St. Pancras

Designer Talk: Ibraheem Youssef

Sunday 29 September 2013 | Doors 18.30 | Talk starts at 19.00 | P21 Gallery | 21 Chalton St, NW1 1JD, London

Please join us on Sunday evening for a talk by designer Ibraheem Youssef, whose work is part of the In the City exhibition. Ibraheem will be discussing his practice, thought process and of course, design! The talk will be followed by a Q&A.


Ibraheem Youssef is an Egyptian/Canadian designer/illustrator currently based in Boston. He creates internationally recognised, thought provoking creative experiences that live around the globe. He studied at the College of Fine Arts in Zamalek, and the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto. Ibraheem strives on collaboration and is driven by obsession - a trait , alongside curiosity and perfectionism, which are found in his craft and production. His artwork has been featured in press from around the globe, in publications such as The Guardian, The Independent, Der Speigel, El País, Universal/NBC, Wired Magazine and many more. His work has been exhibited Bad Dads, San Francisco (2010), Is this thing on?  at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles (2010), Profilers at Gallery KOP in Breda (2011), Cairo 20x20 at The Mascot in Toronto (2011), The Gang is all here at Bottleneck Gallery in New York City (2012), the Electronic Arts Deadspace3 show at LDBAVLFDM  in Paris (2013) and more. www.ibraheemyoussef.com

In the City | Private View

25 September 2013 | 18.30-20.30

design_atelier_ and P21 Gallery are excited to present In the Cityan absorbing graphic design and sound art exhibition which provides a rare glimpse into four Arab cities. Hosted at P21 Gallery, the exhibition will be a first of its kind in London to showcase a series of commissioned and pre-existing works from an eclectic line up of established and emerging Arab designers, illustrators, video, and sound artists. In the City transports the audience through four enigmatic, but overlooked Arab cities - Alexandria, Algiers, Baghdad and Nablus - by recapturing and reimagining elements of those cities. The collection explores each city’s panorama through their streets, landmarks, people, signage, and sounds. Every room contains elements borrowed from the city it represents, forming a variety of installations that will entice interaction between the audience and the work.

For full press release and further information, click here

RSVP | safa@kalimatmagazine.com

The exhibition is supported by the Arab British Centre, the Iraqi Cultural Centre, and Baghdad Capital of Culture 2013In the City will include an extensive public programme of talks and events. Details at kalimatmagazine.com/inthecity


In The City is a collaborative graphic design and sound art exhibition organised by design_atelier and P21 Gallery. The exhibition opens on 26 September at London's P21 Gallery.

Participants: design_atelier_ (Danah Abdulla, Karim Sultan, and Maria Portugal), Sherif Adel, Yusef Alahmad, Nora Aly, Mohamed Nabil Labib, Wael Morcos, Maajoun, Nayzak Studio, Nour Tabet, Ghada Wali, Ibraheem Youssef, and Mohammed Zakaria 

In the City is supported by the Arab British Centrethe Iraqi Cultural Centre, and Baghdad Capital of Culture 2013.

Find out more at kalimatmagazine.com/inthecity


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Tell all your friends and join us on Wednesday 3 July at Hardy Tree Gallery in London for the launch of Issue 08 and some wonderful music. Issues will be on sale for £8 (£2 off newsstand price).


  • Introduction 18h45
  • Oud + Computer Performance 19h30
  • DJ Set 20h00-22h00


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