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10/28/06

Iran to pay homage to Claus Award-winning graphic designer

TEHRAN, Oct. 28 (Mehr News Agency) - Iranian graphic designer Reza Abedini, who won the 2006 Principal Prince Claus Award, will be honored at the Iranian Artists Forum here on Nov. 2.

Abedini will deliver a speech under the title of "The Rise of Typography from Calligraphy" at the event sponsored by the Iranian magazine Rang (Color).

A film on the artist's life and prolific career will be also screened at the ceremony.

Born in 1967, Abedini studied painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran and is a groundbreaking exponent of contemporary graphic design.

Using a strong and sophisticated style incorporating Islamic calligraphy in a free, innovative, and striking manner, he creates beautiful images that carry powerful cultural messages.

His passion for graphic design, in particular Persian type and typography, has led him into linking literature and aesthetics, searching for a unique visual dialect that reflects Persian poetic sensibilities.

He has held several group and individual exhibitions inside and outside the country.

Abedini has won scores of awards, including the Crystal Simorgh for the best film poster at the Fajr International Film Festival, the Film Critics Special Award for the best film poster, third prize in the poster category of the 6th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, and the Special Award for Creativity from the Iranian Graphic Designers Society.

A professor of graphic design and visual culture at University of Tehran, Abedini bridges generations.

He emphasizes the relationship between visual tradition and modern identity, encourages research in the rich history of Persian art, and nurtures talent in the younger generations.

His recent publication, 'New Visual Culture of Modern Iran', draws attention to developments in the field of design and highlights the work of young artists.

He is also slated to receive the 100,000 Principal Prince Claus Award in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, on Dec. 13.

The Prince Claus Fund has presented the awards annually since 1997 to honor individuals and organizations reflecting a contemporary approach to the themes of culture and development.

Recipients are mainly located in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

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