When I painted this wall I was incredibly happy to have had the chance of going back to Morocco, for the first time in the beautiful capital of Rabat, for the irreplaceable Jidar Street Art Festival.
Rabat know also as the city of light, Ville lumière, it’s the kingdom’s capital and recently also the African capital of culture, with its cosmopolitan elegant avenues and its blend of modern and traditional Islamic aesthetics.
The wall is located on one of the main thoroughfare of the city, on a building mainly occupied by people undergoing oncology treatment due to the nearby hospital.
My character is holding the traditional, intricately patterned, moroccan lantern, fanoos, from whose butterflies flies freely.
“Light” and “freedom”
two powerful words if you put them together, especially in this so much needed moment.