Safar is an independent design and visual culture magazine based in Beirut, Lebanon. Published biannually and bilingually (Arabic-English), Safar curates contributions from designers, thinkers, and artists around a chosen theme. Safar, the Arabic word for travel, refers to notions of communication, especially across cultural and linguistic boundaries. The magazine’s primary goal is to recognize Graphic Design as an active player in cultural production and to shift the conversation on design and visual culture away from its fixation on the global North.
In the sixth issue, Power, Safar explores the commodification of academia as evaluation forms multiply and students worldwide stare out into computer screens; examines the extensive cultural and environmental narrative that Hezbollah has cultivated in Lebanon and beyond; discusses the process of dismantling racist and colonial powers structures in U.S. design institutions; shares artifacts tracing the long and complicated history of electricity shortages in Lebanon; considers the revolutionary potential of Palestinian printed material; and more.