DESIGN + MUSIC

Richard Kahwagi


Creative Director & Visual Artist


I am a Beirut-born multidisciplinary designer and polyglot problem solver. I specialise in typography (both Latin and Arabic letterforms), and have an avid love for all things music.

My practice primarily spans the arts and culture field; it is research-centered and queer-focussed. My work has been exhibited, published, and sold.


Co-founder of Prepster

Email; Instagram; Soundcloud





Publications:

Divine, Issue 4, ‘Joy : Diagrams’, May 2020

Journal Safar, Issue 4, Feature: Something Really Difficult to Erase, July 2019

→ Ballroom Express, The Ballroom Blitz journal, LP/EP reviews, May 2019

DOUBT magazine, ‘The Typefaces of SLAF Street’, September 2018

→ L'Officiel-Hommes - March/April/May Issue 63, ‘Disco Halal et Délices D'orient’, 2016

→ Queer Geographies: Beirut, Tijuana, Copenhagen - Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark 2014

→ L'Officiel-Levant - October Issue 49, ‘British Beyrouth,’ 2014

→ 'Revolution/Evolution GD20' American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon 2013

→ Quint Magazine, Artist highlight feature, 2008

Visual Politics - Volume 2, Online interactive archive, 2007



Exhibitons:

→ 1PRCNT 2007-2017: Retrospective - Beirut Terraces, Beirut Central District, 21 to 30 December 2017

The City in The City - Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon, 9 October 2015 to 11 January 2016

→ Lomography Exhibition, 6:05 depeche mode, Beirut, Lebanon December 2012

→ Good Sex, Alt City, Beirut 2011

→ Project Mulsaq, Traffic, Dubai, UAE, 2008

Matchmaking Amsterdam-Beirut, Khatt Foundation, Art Lounge, Beirut, Lebanon 2007
Conferences & Workshops:

TypeCon, Talk: Arabic Typography and Popular Culture, Boston MA, August 26 2017

Data4chan.ge, Beirut Edition 2: Organiser, Pecha Kucha sessions curator, and speaker - Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Nov 25 - Nov 29 2016

Data4chan.ge, Beirut Edition: Organiser & Mentor - Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Nov 28 - Dec 02 2015

Tasmeem Doha International Design Conference, Pink Tank: TasmeemLab: Making Through Linking- VCUQ, Doha 2011



Live Mixes:

LILITH MADE ME DO IT: Shitân Disco & Other Sinful Treats, 2019

LIVE AT GLASTONBURY: The Meat Rack, Block9's The NYC Downlow, 2017

NICE ’N NAASTY: Music from and Inspired by Porn, Cold Cuts, 2017



Past Work:

2014 — 2017:
Creative Lead at Small Media – London, UK

2012 — 2013:
Senior Art Director for the Red Bull MENA account at Interesting Times – Beirut, Lebanon



Education:

2013 — 2014:
Masters of Arts (MA) in Innovation Management – Year 1, Central Saint Martins, London, UK

2002 — 2006:
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon