Divan & Divine

 

 

Zeynel’s album Divan and Divine was a compilation of traditional Turkish folk songs, prominently focused on justşce. The songs were by three great Turkish poets, Pir Sultan Abdal, Nesimi and Şah Hatayi. In designing the album visuals, I depicted them in the front, with the view of Munzur Mountain of Turkey in the back. The sun is shining with 40 spikes, which is a reference to the Alevi tradition. They are blindfolded to be fair, and reflect the anatolian landscape on their torsos. The blindfolds are lifted later on, for them to see the injustice in the world. The design was versatile, to be adapted for different needs. We see Şah Hatayi in front of the same background, which was produced for one of the single releases.