POP ARTIST MOAUD ABOULHANA: RECLAIMING THE FUTURE OF MOROCCO FROM ITS COLONIALIST PAST BY NIVEEN GHONEIM

Mouad Aboulhana delivers rapturous depictions of daily life in his native Tangiers, a city where the past and the present form a space-time continuum, using different mediums and techniques, such as stencil, graffiti, illustration, photography, and even video installations.

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Mouad Aboulhana delivers rapturous depictions of daily life in his native Tangiers, a city where the past and the present form a space-time continuum, using different mediums and techniques, such as stencil, graffiti, illustration, photography, and even video installations.

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An artist created a giant mural across 50 buildings in Cairo without the government noticing Chris Weller Mar 30, 2016.

Amid Cairo’s brick buildings and heaping piles of trash is a sprawling work of art, which, at first, looks messy and incoherent.

But when you stand on the nearby hillside and read the spray-painted Arabic “calligraffiti,” as its creator Tunisian-French artist eL Seed calls it, the message reads loud and clear: “If one wants to see the light of the sun, he must wipe his eyes.”

The quote represents the importance of withholding judgment of people just because of their circumstances, says eL Seed, who first visited the community a few years ago. He’s called the piece “Perception” for just that reason, hoping to get people to see past the area’s physical appearance.

The entire piece took three weeks to complete, and eL Seed says it was done in total secrecy from the Egyptian government due to the country’s strict laws forbidding artistic expression.

More: http://www.techinsider.io/artist-el-seed-giant-mural-cairo-2016-3

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Salahi’s Garden & What’s Inevitable.

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Ibrahim El-Salahi is a Sudanese artist, an important figure in African and Arab modernism. El-Salahi is considered a pioneer in Sudanese art and was a member of the Khartoum School that was founded by Osman Waqialla.

Hassan Musa writes about El-Salahi (he first heard stories about him when he was a teenage boy): “I was fascinated by the idea that an ordinary Muslim man could live as an artist, because in my imagination they were unreal creatures who came out of European literature”.

El-Salahi’s international success soon turned him into a national hero, so much so that in 1970 the Department of Tourism distributed a poster in which El-Salahi posed in his studio, with the caption “Sudanese artist at work”.

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El-Salahi developed his own style and was one of the first artists to elaborate the Arabic calligraphy…

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WAEL SHAWKY – CABARET CRUSADES: THE PATH TO CAIRO

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Wael Shawky “Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo”, 2012 Vídeo monocanal, color, so, 58 min Col·lecció MACBA. Fundació MACBA. Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw © Wael Shawky, 2015
Once again, the MACBA collaborates with the Loop Festival showing the work of Wael Shawky, Cabaret Crusades: The Path to Cairo, 2012, in the Tower room on 4, 5 and 6 June.
The work will be seen showed as part of the MACBA Collection exhibition: Desires and Necessities that opens on 18 June.

More: http://www.macba.cat/en/expo-loop-wael-shawky-cabaret-crusades

A project by LOOP Barcelona in collaboration with MACBA.