Mohamed l’Ghacham completed two walls for this edition of the FestiWall in the street of Fazio Neon in Ragusa, Italy.
l’Ghacham started to paint like mostly all of the artists, since he was a little kid, but some years later he discovered the world of graffiti during his school days and after that he became attracted by the most classic painters and their language. His work is mainly figurative with some touches of Realism and Impressionism.
Mohamed’s artwork represents small abstracts of everyday life with a nostalgic bliss, like some old pictures were anyone can relate and find similarities in their families past. That’s the enchanted twist of his work.
For the festival Mohamed painted two murals, the first one entitled: “El Baile” –The Dance– which portrays two elderly people dancing, an intimate moment the artist made monumental by painting it on a large scale. The second one is located on the other side of the same building. “Antesala II” brings to light a personal and universal memory. Depicting the interior of an old house full of objects and photos on a large table at the entrance, which binds a nostalgic and colorful atmosphere to the dancing figures of “El Baile.”
This second mural is located just on the other side of the previous one. “The main idea was to make a diptych with the same people dancing from another point of view, but just before I started to paint, I thought that it would be more interesting to paint something that was not a human figure, while keeping the essence of the first mural,” affirmed the artist.
Both murals are a tribute to the elderly. Those are the people Mohamed talked to, during his time in Ragusa. “I liked the idea of painting two old people in an active way and not in a serene and rested pose (that is how we usually see them) on the other hand, I think we all remember the house of our grandparents or our parents with those tables at the entrance to their houses, full of objects and photos of children and grandchildren.”
Final pictures and details courtesy of the artist. Process pictures by Salvatore Vitale for Instagrafite.