Exhibition:

Al-Rihla (The Journey)

by Bahia Shehab

1 dec 2016

Mediamatic and Framer Framed invited Lebanese-Egyptian street-artist Bahia Shehab to create a brand new graffiti wall at Mediamatic Biotoop right next to our terras. In order to celebrate her receiving the 2016 Prins Claus Award, she demonstrated her workings during a live stenciling session and introductory talk. The Arabic mural is accessible 24/7.

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Al-Rihla - Bahia Shehab (LB/EG) - Mediamatic en Framer Framed nodigden de Libanees-Egyptische street artist Bahia Shehab uit om een volledig nieuw schrift graffiti muurschildering te maken bij Mediamatic Biotoop. Bahia Shebab werd politiek activist tijdens de Arabische Lente toen ze besloot haar eerdere onderzoek en tentoongestelde kunstproject over Arabische schrift te vertalen naar graffiti in de straten van Cairo. 'Al-Rihla' betekent 'De Reis', en verbeeldt een gedicht van Mahmoud Darwish. Bahia Shehab, Anisa Xhomaqi

Artist and activist

Bahia Shehab became a political activist during the Arabic Spring when she decided to transform her earlier art project "A thousand times NO" about Arabic calligraphy into graffiti in the streets of Cairo. Especially iconic is the "blue bra" which Bahia started spraying after a woman was stripped of her clothes and beaten by the police - exposing the blue bra underneath.

Her work at Mediamatic Biotoop

In order to celebrate the Prins Claus award she received, Bahia created a new mural featuring a poem by Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet and author, which she wrote in an abstract geometric Arab font: "One day we will be what we want to be. The journey has not started and the road has not ended".

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Bahia Shehab working on her mural Al-Rihla - Anisa Xhomaqi

Continuing research on Arabic script culture

The artist is continuing her research about historic Arabic calligraphy as a PhD candidate at Leiden University, pursuing to create an encyclopaedia of the Arabic script. She takes an active role now of inspiring our young generation by teaching and mentoring students of the Arts Department at the American University of Cairo. There she developed a design curriculum that focuses on Arabic visual culture and how to maintain this heritage in our modern world, which for example lacks in diversity of especially Arabic digital fonts.

Additionally to demonstrating her work, she shared her research and political activities during an artist talk in our Haeckel Room.

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Working together on the Arabic mural Al-Rihla (The Journey) - Anisa Xhomaqi

Prins Claus Award

For the past 20 years, the Prince Claus Fund has honoured visionary artists and organisations for their excellent, pioneering work in culture and development. On Thursday 15 December, HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands presented the 2016 Prince Claus Award to graphic designer, artist, educator and historian Bahia Shehab.

 

Information
Al-rihla by Bahia Shehab
Open 24/7

Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam
The mural is located at wall of Mediamatic Biotoop, right next to our harbour and terras of our restaurant Mediamatic ETEN.

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Start of the graffiti wall Al-Rihla by Bahia Shehab - Mediamatic and Framer Framed invited Lebanese-Egyptian street-artist Bahia Shehab to create a brand new graffiti wall at Mediamatic Biotoop right next to our terras. In order to celebrate her receiving the 2016 Prins Claus Award, she demonstrated her workings during a live stenciling session and introductory talk. The Arabic mural is accessible 24/7. Anisa Xhomaqi

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One layer of paint for the Arabic mural Al-Rihla is almost done - Mediamatic and Framer Framed invited Lebanese-Egyptian street-artist Bahia Shehab to create a brand new graffiti wall at Mediamatic Biotoop right next to our terras. In order to celebrate her receiving the 2016 Prins Claus Award, she demonstrated her workings during a live stenciling session and introductory talk. The Arabic mural is accessible 24/7. Anisa Xhomaqi

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- People helping to put the letters in place Mediamatic and Framer Framed invited Lebanese-Egyptian street-artist Bahia Shehab to create a brand new graffiti wall at Mediamatic Biotoop right next to our terras. In order to celebrate her receiving the 2016 Prins Claus Award, she demonstrated her workings during a live stenciling session and introductory talk. The Arabic mural is accessible 24/7. Anisa Xhomaqi

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Bahia Shehab quickly checking the process of installing Al-Rihla - Mediamatic and Framer Framed invited Lebanese—Egyptian street artist Bahia Shehab to create a brand new calligraphic graffiti wall at Mediamatic Biotoop. Bahia Shehab became a political activist during the Arabic Spring when she decided to transform her earlier research and exhibited art project about Arabic calligraphy into graffiti in the streets of Cairo. ‘Al—Rihla’ means ‘The Journey’, and depicts a poem by Mahmoud Darwish. Anisa Xhomaqi

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- Working on the graffiti wall Anisa Xhomaqi