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The resilience of Bou Saadiya Painting

Amal Jarrahi

South Korea

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 14.6 W x 17.7 H x 0.8 D in

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Someone once said: "If Atlas, who carried the world on his shoulders, was not crushed by this weight, it was because he was a dancer". This is also the story of this street entertainer “Bou Saadiya” Mythical character of Tunisian popular folklore, dancer and street musician, half acrobat half sorcerer. Bou Saadiya roams the streets and cities of Tunisia wearing his clown disguise in the colors of Africa to give dance performances to the rhythm of "Stimbeli" music. Bou Saadiya entertains the spectators, but his heart is heavy; he searches among the crowd around him for the face of his daughter who has been taken from him.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:14.6 W x 17.7 H x 0.8 D in

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Amal Jarrahi is a Tunisian painter from the city of Bizerte in northern Tunisia currently resident in Seoul, Korea. Her love for art is the result of her encounter with the many wandering artists that her father, himself a poet, often hosted. Later, she specialized in journalistic and academic literary criticism and became a doctor in French literature and associate researcher at the University of Aix-Marseille. The novel and poetry awaken a passion for art hidden deep inside her childhood, an awakening that translates into research projects on the relationship between literature and the visual arts. She did her first painting class in Iran where she spent 5 years (2014-2019) and where she participated in school exhibitions. She values the narrative aspect of the image, and therefore recounts her attachment to her land, not with words, but with the eloquence of colors that tell of the fusion of her characters with their motherland and their environment. This fusion is experienced and seen by the artist as complex because it is lived in the quest for oneself, in wandering and sometimes in the desire to backward time which never suspends its flight.

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