Join Rabbits Road Press and Shubbak for a rare illustration workshop opportunity with two members of the Casablanca-based Skefkef Collective: Mehdi Annassi and Aicha El Beloui. The multidisciplinary artists will be in London for the first time to guide you through the process of large-scale illustration within neighbourhood contexts. All levels welcome, from aspiring comics, illustrators, and street artists, to those intrigued by the form.
The Skefkef Comics Collective: https://www.facebook.com/skefkefmag/
Aicha El Beloui is an illustrator, graphic designer, and creative director. Trained as an architect, Aicha is particularly interested in illustration and map-based work. She explores themes of citizenship, public spaces, belonging, freedom, and the individual in the Moroccan context. A context she has always actively tried to understand and demystify. Firstly through her architecture studies, which helped sharpen the reading of the city to a certain extent. Then through her direct involvement in architectural heritage and the cultural scene in Casablanca. She’ll often work with communities to discover a particular area and then carefully filter it into her maps and illustrations. She asks: who has the right to the city? A great example is her MAP OF THE LEGEND, Dubai Design Week 2017 www.aichaelbeloui.com
Mehdi Annassi aka Machima works on large-scale murals, comics, zines, animation, illustrations, and street art (Street Art Caravane, Jidar festival, Sbagha Bagha festival). Mehdi is known for his contribution and involvement with comic art, as a founding member of Skefkef, the first Moroccan independent comics magazine written in darija. He is currently working on his first graphic novel. He will rarely paint a mural in a place where it doesn’t connect to its people and surroundings. He’s extremely socially conscientious and has worked with a range of individuals in varying circumstances; from art students to international street art collectives.
This event is part of an artist residency which is generously supported by the Bagri Foundation
Shubbak is London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, bringing new and unexpected voices alongside established artists to audiences in London. The festival returns to London in 2019.