‘Calligraffiti’ Artist El Seed Makes Tunisia His Canvas

By Alexandra Hartmann

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 Arabic script that dances up its facade. The mural is Surah al-Hujurat from the Quran, written in a distinct style of “calligraffiti” coined by Tunisian graffiti artist El Seed.

“Most of the time people ask me about the mosque,” said the French-Tunisian artist over a phone call from Dubai. [Read more...]

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