Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
This thesis investigates verbal and visual language through a lens of translation, queerness, and diaspora . Looking at graphic design as a reconciliatory space , I make use of its formal and typographic systems as devices to tell stories , examine cultures , and negotiate conflicting principles .
Abjad Orientations is a process of shifting the focal viewpoint to reorient myself and/or my audience and allow for a closer probe of our cultural reality . My eclectic identity as a Queer , Muslim , multilingual Arab living in the United States drives the form and content of my design inquiries to reconcile one or more aspects of my selfhood .
In Abjad Orientations, I utilize subversion , translation , commemoration , and reorientation/disorientation. These methods serve to analyze the dynamics of our complex world and question aspects of it that have always troubled me . In the midst of our political and humanitarian crises , I find myself asking : Can graphic design create better—albeit sometimes ephemeral—realities ? Can it promote dialogue rather than commodities ? By interrupting discourse and re-contextualizing conventions , this body of work attempts to undermine normative systems of thought and making. It celebrates hybridity , liminality , and sometimes illegibility , with nuanced, poetic gestures.
Nassem, Mohammed, "Abjad orientations" (2019). Masters Theses. 336.
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