Djerbahood: an Open-air Museum for Streetart
Djerbahood is a street art project aimed to create an open air museum in a small village of a Tunisian island. The initiative was led by artist Mehdi Ben Cheikh and Galerie Itinerrance.
The picturesque Tunisian village of Erriadh in the island of Djerba was the home of 150 artists from 30 nations for the past two months. They took part in the street art project “Djerbahood”, covering its buildings, gates, windows — almost any flat surface — in murals, in hopes of enticing tourists and infusing the area with new life.
Erriadh is one of the oldest villages of Tunisia. It has kept its authenticity by its narrow streets and preservation of the typical architecture of “houch” (house built with a patio which is surrounded by rooms and living areas). These houchs are painted with white chalk decorated with blue woodwork or a yellow straw decorated with green trim. The architecture of the village is low, it is rare to find more than one floor. The central square in the old town is where the large market of Djerba used to be. The village Erriadh is also the first Jewish village which houses the oldest synagogue in North Africa and the second largest worldwide. Muslim and Jewish community live here together in peace for centuries. The local population has remained true and faithful to its traditions while welcoming foreign (non djerbien and overseas) with kindness.
The invited artists
Among the first artists participating in the project, major figures like Roa, C215, Faith47, Know Hope, Herbert Baglione and eL Seed. Also: Liliwenn, BomK, Shoof, Mosko, Pantonio, Dabro, Curiot, Tinho, Saner, Add Fuel, Paulo Arraiano, Mario Belém, Rodolphe Cintorino, Stew, Nina, Evoca1, Malakkai, Dome, TwoOne, Amose, Calma, Jaz, Pum Pum, Dan23, M-City, BToy, Zepha, Orticanoodles and many more.
Images: Aline Deschamps / Galerie Itinerrance/ MOHAMED MESSARA/EPA