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Ottoman calligraphy from a modern perspective

Bengisu Keleşoğlu, İpek Torun

Session B13 | Palace B
Saturday 20 September | 16:20 – 17:10

Theme Arabic | Duration: 50 minutes

This study focuses on the tradition of illustrating symbols with type as calligraphy, called ‘hatt’ in the Ottoman period. Because creating the image of men were forbidden by the religious beliefs, there stood the need for representing images by ‘hatt’ and therefore the calligraphy done by the masters were accepted as artwork. Breaking the traditional rules of using type and image seperately, type were used instead of images. Each calligraphic work, representing the images of animals and objects, has its own symbolic meaning. In this study the relationship between the imagery and the verbal meaning of Ottoman caligraphy are examined in the sense of the semiotics of the contemporary understanding.

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Bengisu Keleşoğlu

| Turkey

Bengisu Keleşoğlu graduated from the graphic design department at Bilkent University in Ankara in 1997. She now is studying on her MFA thesis with the subject of “Sound of Typography: Typography of Sound in Graphic Design” at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey, and working as lecturer in the graphic design department of the Anadolu University.

İpek Torun

Lecturer Anadolu University | Turkey

İpek Torun graduated from the Graphic Design Department at Bilkent University, FADA, in 1999. He received his MFA in 2003 from the Animation Department at Anadolu University, ISS, having completed his thesis on “German Expressionism’s Effects on Animation Through Historical Development and an Experimentation on the Subject”. He now works as an instructor in the Graphic Design Department in FFA, in Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey

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