Algeria: Arabic calligraphy; between passion and attachment to national identity

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Maghreb calligraphy (Mabsoute and mojawher), inspired by the Andalusia School, is in the spotlight at the 14th National Workshop of Arabic Calligraphy, opened, Saturday, at Hassan-el-Hassani community arts centre of Medea.

More than a hundred works, made by 40-plus young calligraphers present at this workshop, are exhibited until the 25th of the current month at the art gallery, which has become a must-see for artists who are eager to learn more from big names in calligraphy, such as; Abdelghani Douakh, Abderrazak Kara-Bernou or Fodhil Safar-Remali, considered a reference among followers of this art.
Despite the difference in age and their different backgrounds, the calligraphers present at this edition, have as a common point, the passion of the line, geometric shapes and colors.

Sid-Ahmed Baba, a young calligrapher from Adrar, in the south of the country, considers calligraphy, which he discovered three years ago as “a way to preserve the ancestral cultural heritage as well as explore the depths of the local heritage, saying that he is proud to serve, promote and safeguard, at the same time, this heritage, which represents, in short, an element of our cultural identity” .

For Mohamed Es-Sadek Khemis, from Ouargla region, calligraphy is “a kind of oxygen” that gives him the vitality.

Lakhdar Hémistiche, a retired teacher from Msila’s province, has been sparing no efforts to attend workshop for more than twelve years, and has taken advantage of the presence of renowned calligraphers to learn the different techniques of writing and designing canvases.

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