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Moroccan graffiti… artistic freedom

Graffiti gives voice to voiceless people in which it contains different types of insubordination for authorities and by extent, it gives freedom of expression. It is an ensemble of two words (graph and tag) the later indicates the encrypted signature of a graffiti artist who writes his opinion or objection on walls and concerning (graph) […]

Graffiti gives voice to voiceless people in which it contains different types of
insubordination for authorities and by extent, it gives freedom of expression. It is an ensemble of two words (graph and tag) the later indicates the encrypted signature of a graffiti artist who writes his
opinion or objection on walls and concerning (graph) it means sketches.

Moreover,Graffiti relies on written words as well as less pro-violent paintings. The two words fuse to form a provocative statement (case in point: graffiti works in western societies).


Historically speaking, this type of artwork immerged in the late ’60s in New-York before becoming an international artistic phenomenon. However, according to some, its origins go back to a pre-historical
period in which neanderthal expressed their fears and thoughts in a form of mysterious writings and drawings that scream furious emotional stress.

Morocco had its fair share of graffiti where It was placed in the ghettos and was associated with teenagers that possess an urge to perform anti-authoritarian acts, profanity paintings, this factor played an immense role in proving presence and achieving diversity.

These teenagers, despite both their origins and age, were able to put writings and paintings in public spaces and private building walls owned by others or the state in which They perform such acts in an immense speed due to the constant fear of being caught by the authorities that ban such illegal activities that they consider as vandalism. Technically,

this art mainly relies on smoothly using multi-colored spray cans on public city walls specialy the ones in rural areas.


Furthermore, graffiti artists use stencils to nail the spray space as well as time. Writing on the walls made numerous Moroccan social guiders, as well as foreigners, consider graffiti as a demonstration of immaturity « youngsters will someday grow older and by extent stop their vandalism Â» or « this vandalism motive was the reason behind the emergence of graffiti Â».

This kind of approach is exactly what makes this statement which was made by unknown graffiti artist pointless. The later said «to get an idea about a certain city check its walls Â» graffiti is a reflection of the various crisis that determines a countrie’s future and its the heart and soul of the city.

Graffiti was not made to beautify or renew the appearance of a city, famous graffiti artists Jarod Kintz stated and I quote «  instead of destroying a deserted house why not paint on it using graffiti and call it art? this statement came as a sarcastic response for who considers graffiti as beautifying art.

Grafitti in its essence is “objecting, questioning, responding” . If these factors are somehow missing, that would make it a wall art that has its reasons and methods. In the past few years, morocco wa bombarded by a graffiti wave which gave authorities no other solution besides giving it an artistic identity for multiple Moroccan cities. What makes graffiti special in some foreign regions is the sarcastic nature as well as mental coolness that was gathered over the years.It doesn’t only rely on expressing revolutionary slogans against the system its more than that, it takes large spaces and walls that screams personal problems or just simply sarcasm.

Furthermore, graffiti is a way to express and lay out all emotional stress . Food for tought: The works that only relies on spontaneous sayings does belong to graffiti more than paintings ” example of the wall « Enty” in Rabat “Moving on to Ismael aka”Mevok” from tangier who is one of the biggest graffiti artists in Morocco, he doesn’t have any resource in the likes of other graffiti artists in a field in which they choose a name by the letter that’s most convenient to paint and write it on walls, his first work « ROG Â» was way back in 2006. Funny enough he didn’t even know the reason behind this painting, maybe it was his first innocent experience as a clear indicator for his love for graffiti. Among artists he was inspired
by were the likes of ASKEW, GBAK CREW, MSK etc.

SMC crew which he s a member of, contains the hottest graffiti artists with a various age ratio as well as perspectives which enables them to motivate each other to make a name for street art in the Moroccan community to welcome it. Its style is inspired from NewYork style as well as wild style that
enables you to create letters and poetically blend colors. The later participated in numerous mega-events in morocco like “Jedar and Sbagha Bagha”however,

as any graffiti artist, he was arrested numerous times for the false assumption that graffiti is a substance for vandalization for the state
and society.

Mevok is considered among the first Moroccan generation that was able to showcase and prove its rightful place and he s one the firsts in his filed without question. Despite his fame among young men, he suffered in his early days like any other artist. However thanks to his passion
he went against the odds and was able to make a name for himself in multiple Moroccan city walls to the extent of being known outside morocco.

Now it is time to leave you with some of his art forms to realize the level of precision that gives a sense of liberation and freedom and the kind of power he possesses in giving voice and making walls dance in a colorful harmonious fashion.

Art work by : @brushamin @abidwane