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Book cover design for "Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics" edited by Olivia C. Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio.
Summary of the book: "Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics" introduces and makes available, for the first time in English, an incandescent corpus of experimental leftist writing from North Africa. Founded in 1966 by Abdellatif Laâbi and a small group of avant-garde Moroccan poets and artists and banned in 1972, Souffles-Anfas was one of the most influential literary, cultural, and political reviews to emerge in postcolonial North Africa. An early forum for tricontinental postcolonial thought and writing, the journal published texts ranging from experimental poems, literary manifestos, and abstract art to political tracts, open letters, and interviews by contributors from the Maghreb, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The essays, poems, and artwork included in this anthology—by the likes of Abdelkebir Khatibi, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Albert Memmi, Etel Adnan, Sembene Ousmane, René Depestre, and Mohamed Melehi—offer a unique window into the political and artistic imaginaries of writers and intellectuals from the Global South, and resonate with particular acuity in the wake of the Arab Spring. A critical introduction and section headnotes make this collection the perfect companion for courses in postcolonial theory, world literature, and poetry in translation.
The authors provided us with images from the original journal as references. Most striking was the cover of the journal, which always pictured a dark black sun. We decided to use this sun as inspiration to reinterpret the cover in our own way.
We began by making a series of drawings that combined mechanical lines output by a plotter with hand-brushed sumi ink. The juxtaposition of the organic brush strokes with the precise vector lines created an interesting material interaction that is a metaphor for the content of the book. The black circle is a reference to the black sun on the original journal’s cover. The type was drawn with a plotter as well, and layered with one of the drawings.
The final cover conveys the tension and energy surrounding the journal at the time, and keeps some of the forms as the original cover from the 60’s, but is a new interpretation.
This book was published by Stanford University Press in 2015.