Category: Art

‘Calligraffiti’ Artist El Seed Makes Tunisia His Canvas

‘Calligraffiti’ Artist El Seed Makes Tunisia His Canvas

| 12 March 2014 | 2 Comments

The minaret of the Jara Mosque in Gabes towers over its surroundings. Formed of golden brick, it jolts up from the flat, sand-colored cityscape around it, all the better to broadcast the call to prayer across the coastal city. But what’s most noticeable about the minaret is not its height or architecture, but the scrawling [...]

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Kima Enti: ‘Come as You Are’ Art

Kima Enti: ‘Come as You Are’ Art

| 26 February 2014 | 4 Comments

Salwa Jebali sat in her vividly-colored living room, facing a small wooden table piled with various bits of jewelry and other odds and ends. “These are my dreams, my ideas, and my creations,” she said. As music played in the background in her northern Tunis home, Jebali herself looked like a work of art, with [...]

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Festival to Spotlight Tunisian-Made Films

Festival to Spotlight Tunisian-Made Films

| 11 February 2014 | 0 Comments

In the midst of political change, Tunisian cinema paints colorful and original pictures of life in Tunisia apart from international headlines. The Meeting of Tunisian Filmmakers festival, running from February 12 to 16, is a chance for the public to view a diverse program of such films. Different cinema houses around Tunis will put on [...]

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In Letter to Incoming PM, Artists Talk About Tunisia’s Future

In Letter to Incoming PM, Artists Talk About Tunisia’s Future

| 17 January 2014 | 3 Comments

In December, Mehdi Jomaa was chosen by political leaders to serve as the country’s caretaker prime minister following the expected resignation of current prime minister Ali Laarayedh. His new government is intended to resolve a months-long political deadlock by overseeing the country until new elections can be held later this year. Intellectuals, writers, and poets [...]

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Tunisian Director’s Film Wins Further International Acclaim

Tunisian Director’s Film Wins Further International Acclaim

| 08 January 2014 | 0 Comments

Blue Is the Warmest Color, a film by Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche, was named ‘Best Foreign-Language Film’ this weekend by the National Society of Film Critics, a group of well-known U.S. reviewers. This is the latest in a series of international awards it has received since its release last year. It won the Palme d’Or, [...]

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Kasserine Hosts Its First International Arts Festival

Kasserine Hosts Its First International Arts Festival

| 17 December 2013 | 1 Comment

Sourour Abdallah is a freelance writer based in Sousse. Karim Jabbari left his life in Montréal, Canada and returned to his hometown of Kasserine to supervise local youth in an art project called “Toward the Light,” meant to help teach them various arts such as calligraphy, dance, and rap. The success of the project inspired [...]

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Photo Exhibit Seeks to Empower Tunisian Women

Photo Exhibit Seeks to Empower Tunisian Women

| 12 December 2013 | 1 Comment

In one photo, a smiling woman looked up from cleaning, in another a different face looks out to us from a mirror. Then, the familiar alleys of the Tunis Medina greet us. A photo exhibit at the National Library in Tunis looked at a more intimate side of Tunisia through the eyes of Tunisian women. [...]

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Art Exhibition Turns Walls of Tunis into Graffiti Gallery

Art Exhibition Turns Walls of Tunis into Graffiti Gallery

| 10 December 2013 | 0 Comments

A series of graffiti installations and street performances are circulating around greater Tunis this week as part of “Esprit Bat7a,” an internationally-organized urban arts exhibition. Painters from Tunisia, France, Germany, Spain, and the UK are hitting walls at Place Barcelone in downtown Tunis, the Maison de Culture in Ben Arous, and the eastern suburb of [...]

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Tunisians Remember Poet Ahmed Fouad Negm

Tunisians Remember Poet Ahmed Fouad Negm

| 03 December 2013 | 0 Comments

Poetry lovers in Tunisia and across the Arab world awoke this morning to find that Egyptian vernacular poet Ahmed Fouad Negm had died at the age of 84. Negm wrote volumes of patriotic Arabic poetry and was regarded as a folk hero and a voice for the Egyptian poor and underclass. He was popularly known [...]

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Carthage Theater Days Festival Begins in Tunis

Carthage Theater Days Festival Begins in Tunis

| 25 November 2013 | 0 Comments

This weekend, the streets and theaters of Tunis bustled with life as the 16th edition of the Carthage Theater Days festival kicked off in downtown Tunis. The biennial event began on Friday and celebrates both Tunisian and international theater. It runs through Saturday, November 30. The performances will promote the beauty of African theater, including [...]

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