– Islamic Calligraphy is a message through art, yet in France where you grew up it may run the risk of gaining a political dimension, considering western islamophobia. Graffiti’s counterculture, mixed with politicized calligraphy, demands an assertive hand, a rebellious soul, and a driven artist humanizing all what he touches into familiar poetry. I wish to know which medium appealed to you first and how you reached out into the latter, socially, culturally, and technically?
I’ve always been into art. I got into graffiti and hip hop culture in general at a young age. As a graffiti artist, with the few walls I painted when I was younger, I was just excited by the act of painting in the streets in a large scale. As a teenager, I felt excluded from the ‘French model’ of integration and felt the need to get back to my roots and learn about where I was originally from; about my history, culture and traditions. All that, brought me the study of Arabic language. Bringing calligraphy into graffiti became a natural way of expressing myself. My artistic approach is the fruit of my social conditions, my roots, and the choice of my parents to move from Tunisia to France. I was inspired by the proverbial tradition, as it was at the time, of the ‘Mu’alaqqat Assab’a’ and started writing messages. Using two parts of identity and mixing them with the right balance.