Nature is omnipresent in the work of the calligrapher Abdessatar Jmei, friend and collaborator of FUNCI. “I express myself through it and for it,” says the Tunisian-born artist. “Nature is a gift that helps me reconnect with my roots and to renew the ties that bind me to my childhood, with its memories sometimes stored in a drawer.”
The Alsatian: This work was carried out with leaves of hibiscus and lilies, and tells a piece of history from the Alsace region in France, shaken during the two World Wars. The author sees in this work “the local cultural heritage as seen by a citizen (I) caming from afar.”
God is Universal. The word God, in various languages with plant and floral texture, is here extended over a landscape at once vegetal and desert. The word evokes the values of tolerance that grow on the land, the source of human life.
Sonia (cover photo): This name is written in Arabic calligraphy here, in style “sonbouli” (spike), and is inspired by a spring landscape in the city of Hyères in southern France.