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08/13/2017

Karim Jabbari

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Michelle LeBlanc

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Karim Jabbari

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An Interview with Light Calligraphist Karim Jabbari

 

 

What inspired you to do this wall?

This wall is actually one of my favorite in the city, I used to come here around 2005 to admire it. The previous mural was written in Arabic. For me, seeing Arabic calligraphy in the city made me feel close to my roots.

To be given the chance to paint this wall only a few years later is a blessing. I wanted to make it an iconic wall in the city, and I think it might be the only Arabic calligraphy wall in all of Montreal.

 

What is the walls meaning?

I want the wall to look like a lost page of an old scripture, and to have a very attractive look from afar. When people come close to it, I want them to feel lost in a matrix of Arabic letters.

I want the wall to look like a lost page of an old scripture.

On the wall I use a combination of two letters and a dot, which are the letters “alif” and “laam”. In the Arabic language, these are the letters that give the definition to any word. In my approach and in the way I work I want to give a new definition to how people perceive the ancient art of calligraphy.

 

I want to give a new definition to how people perceive the ancient art of calligraphy.

Of course, I also want to write a universal message, a poem, that everyone will feel inspired by. I chose a poem by the Tunisian poet Aboul-Qacem Echebbi. In Arabic he claims that he wants to understand the universe, but sometimes he is unable to understand himself.

To just put my art for people to admire, I think it is a blessing.

 

I have spent about 15 years of my life here in Montreal, to be able to have a place where I can just put my art for people to admire, I think it is a blessing.

I think there is a lot of fear and a lot of hate.

 

For this reason, I really want everyone to enjoy this wall, for it to be some kind of a bridge. A bridge that allows people to understand each other, and allows people to be more compassionate towards each other through these connections and links.

 

 

I think there is a lot of fear and a lot of hate [in the world], and so as I say to those who hate, “You might find me beyond your hate, just on the other side of the wall, a man with open arms”

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Video Director – Walid Kafi

Video Producer – Michelle LeBlanc

 

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