Sara Dabbagh is a versatile and passionate designer who brings a rich experience and a unique artistic vision to every project. Born in Iran, she began her studies in art and went on to earn a Master of Arts and various degrees from L’École des Beaux Arts de Lyon. Sara has worked on various book projects and collaborated with other artists and designers, and her personal project "Iran Ban" was exhibited at the Design Biennial of St.-Étienne.
Sara is driven by her love for art, design, people, books, and typography, and she approaches each project with a strategic mindset, focusing on understanding her clients and the context of the project. She values the importance of strategic thinking in the creation of a successful brand and strives to create designs that are not only visually stunning but also effectively communicate their message. Sara is dedicated to bringing a touch of creativity and artistry to each project, elevating the ordinary and connecting with people on an emotional level.
Iran Ban is a unique project that aims to expose the extent of censorship imposed by the Iranian political power on the press. Through an exploration of the internet, the project's creator, who was based in France at the time, had compiled a collection of censored press articles in an object (book) that illustrated the impact of censorship on freedom of information. This project raised important questions about the role of design in highlighting the subject of censorship and how it can challenge the norm.
The book is an excellent example of the synergy between content and form. It was imagined as an opportunity for readers to access information and explore the impact of censorship through an expressive and thought-provoking gesture. The paradox of censorship is that it can often be so effective that it is transparent, hiding something from view. This project is unique in that it gives a visible image of censorship, bringing the subject into the forefront of readers' minds. The design of the book also emphasizes the role of the reader in engaging with the subject of censorship.
The book itself is a complex object that requires the reader to play an important role in accessing its contents. While the text may be available, the meaning can remain elusive, and readers may react differently to the challenges it presents. In this sense, censorship becomes indispensable in reading a book, and the design of Iran Ban highlights the importance of this subject.
In Iran Ban, the act of tearing out pages or discovering hidden information becomes an essential part of the reader's experience. As Michel Foucault noted, it is the reader who invents the author of a work, and the act of engaging with Iran Ban transforms the reader into an author. Overall, Iran Ban is a thought-provoking and significant contribution to the discussion on censorship and the power of design in addressing this subject.