Fikra Graphic Design Biennial in Sharjah, UAE, is the first event of its kind in the Middle East, at a time when creativity in the region is thriving. Its organisers – the graphic design studio Fikra – are on a mission to challenge our perception of the discipline, investigating its impact on past narratives, its present-day influence and how it can be employed as a tool for imagining radical visions of the future.
For the biennial, which opens on 9 November at the soon-to-be-demolished modernist icon, the Bank of Sharjah building, Fikra has imagined a new tongue-in-cheek governmental body, the Ministry of Graphic Design, and the departments within. From The Department of Graphic Optimism to The Department of Flying Saucers, each office throws light on an aspect of graphic design practice and how it crosses over with conversations vital to modern life.
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