The Choreographer of Letters
“In painting, my major concern is primarily a fundamental urge to create, and a willingness to break away from the cultural maze of submission to a fixed genre or to a pre-established and set style. In my surroundings, it has been necessary mentally and intellectually, to begin by destructuring shapes and influences of other schools; then it has been necessary to undertake a complete dismantling of the written form (canons, cultural codes): letters, signs, messages, words and codes. It was a matter of trans-coding and breaking away with the scientific discourse of the visible verb and of the suggestive power of the stated and of the non-stated.” In this talk Mahdaoui will take us through his creative process showcasing work that has been developed over the span of six decades.
About Nja Mahdaoui
Nja Mahdaoui is a ‘choreographer of letters’. His work inspired by Arabic calligraphy is remarkably innovative and has been exhibited and acquired by collectors and museums from East to West. He exhibits, performs and lectures internationally and is the recipient of numerous international awards. He has graced iconic structures with his calligraphy, from airplanes to mosques and has influenced generations with his artwork.
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