Pouya Ahmadi, Golnar Adili, and Elham Namvar:
In this talk, together with Golnar Adili (artist based in NY) and Elham Namvar (designer and researcher based in Dubai)—two contributors of the latest issue of Amalgam (#3), Pouya will discuss their contributions to the journal and the various ways in which designers and artists subvert typography as a form of critique and speculation. Amalgam is a transdisciplinary and transnational journal that explores the intersection of typography, language, and the visual arts.
About Pouya Ahmadi
Pouya is a designer with an interest in exploring typographic manifestations of hybrid and transnational identities. His work spans cultural and social fields and involves collaborations with artists, curators, and designers. Pouya's work has been featured internationally in exhibitions, publications, and design blogs including Graphic Design Festival Scotland, Golden Bee International Design Biennial, Dubai Design Week, and many more. He edits and designs Amalgam — a graphic design journal that explores the intersection of typography, language, and visual arts.
About Golnar Adili
Golnar Adili is a mixed media artist with a focus on diasporic identity. She holds a Master's degree in architecture from the University of Michigan and has attended residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts in Bellagio, Italy, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowellColony, Ucross Foundation for the Arts, Lower East Side Printshop, Manhattan Graphics Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace among others.
Some of the venues Adili has shown her work include, Nurture Art, Craft and Folk Art Museum LA, Cue Art Foundation, International Print Center NY, and the Lower East SidePrintshop. Some of the grants she has received include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, theNYFA Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books, and the Jerome Hill Finalist Grant. Adili will be exhibiting her work at the Victoria Albert Museum as a Jameel Prize finalist this Fall.
About Elham Namvar
Elham Namvar is a graphic designer and design researcher based in Dubai, UAE. Departing from practice in editorial, visual identity and experiential design, her work now employs a multi-disciplinary approach weaving together design, research and critical thinking. Currently, her exploration involves inquiring methodologies of archiving and taxonomies of knowledge. She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.c) in Visual Communication from the American University of Sharjah and a dual degree of International Master of Design (MDes / MAS) in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois Chicago, and The Basel School of Design.
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