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Bahia Shehab

August 16, 2018 | Design Series

In partnership with Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, an evening of presentation and conversation  with Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and historian, Bahia Shehab. 

Ms. Shehab led a discussion around her work and the power of art to facilitate change and to give voice in the fight for social justice. 

Bahia Shehab was a Shangri La artist-in-residence from August 9–23, 2018. She is an associate professor of design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo. Her artwork has been displayed in exhibitions, galleries and streets around the world and was featured in the 2015 documentary, Nefertiti’s Daughters. She has received a number of international recognitions and awards, including: TED fellowship (2012) and TED Senior fellowship (2016), BBC 100 Women list (2013), The American University in Beirut distinguished alumna (2015), Shortlist for V&A’s Jameel Prize 4 (2016), and a Prince Claus Award (2016). Her book, A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif, was published in 2010. Shehab is the first Arab woman to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture.

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