fbpx Jordan Script Routes | Amman Design Week
4 - 12 October 2019
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Human civilizations are defined by the legacy left behind by their respective ancestors. Identity politics are a major concern to people around the globe today. In this context, we need to look back at our complex cultural heritage and present a positive image of tolerance and inclusiveness. Jordan has been for millennia a crossroads of many cultures, religions, and ethnicities that have blended into what constitutes contemporary Jordanian culture. Jordan Script Routes is an exploratory and playful series of installations that features the history of Jordan in relation to its neighbors, presented through the various writing systems and alphabets that have passed through or were invented in this fertile cultural melting pot. It celebrates thousands of years of written and material culture and poetically links ancient artifacts to contemporary design.

The three sections of the exhibition place letters in relation to other valuable artifacts and are subtitled:
Of Letters & Coins by Hussein Alazaat,
Of Letters & Silk by Milia Maroun,
Of Letters & Stones by Margherita Abi Hanna.

About Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès

Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès is the Founding Director of the Khatt Foundation and Khatt Books publishers. She holds degrees in graphic design and design history from Leiden University, Yale University, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She is a member of Alliance Typographique Internationale (AGI). She specializes in typography and design research. She has curated exhibitions and published on design from the Arab World since 2001.



  • Hussein Alazaat
  • Milia Maroun
  • Margherita Abi Hanna
Curated by Dr. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès
Kabariti Village
Jabal Amman