In the past day 1st of August was launched at Tunisia the project DJERBAHOOD, which aims to become the truly and only open air museum. It counts with 150 artists all over the world, between those the Portuguese’s: Pantónio, Add Fuel, Mário Belém e Arraiano.
DJERBAHOOD is the most recent project of Itinerrance Gallery (Paris), after the success of Tour Paris 13, and pretend to take during this summer thousands of artists of thirty different nationalities, to the authentic and traditional village of Erriadh, right in the center of Djerba island transforming it into a space of multicultural expression. As Mehdi Ben Cheikh, the mentor of the project, explains, ‘a new adventure, a new movement to a country in formation’.
At the invitation of Itinerrance Gallery, as occurred at the Tour Paris 13 project, Lara Seixo Rodrigues (WOOL) took with her, between the 7th and 15th of July, some of the stand out urban artists of our country to ‘live their distinctive marc in a memorable artistic project. But above all, also take advantage of a unique and memorable experience, both the interaction between artists as the experience of a culture and daily sharing with local and traditional community, as a singular moment in history’.
Erriadh, which means in Arabic neighbourhood (pun which the project name appears), is one of the oldest towns of Tunisia, which has kept its authenticity of narrow streets and preserved its typical architecture of ‘Houch’ (homes that are constituted by a courtyard around which are distributed local rooms and other social sharing), always painted white and decorated with doors and windows blue.
Erriadh is also the first Jewish village, which houses the oldest synagogue in North Africa and the second in the world. Other peculiarities is that the Muslim and Jewish communities are everywhere and socialize, always in a peaceful environment, while remaining true to their traditions, but always welcoming foreigners with kindness, here designated only by ‘non-djerbianos’.
More photos here.