The award-winning, world-renowned French-Tunisian artist, who aims to bring cultures together through his work
My biggest achievement last year was an art installation on the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), the border between North and South Korea. It was commissioned by the Gyeonggi Museum of Art in Ansan, South Korea, and the artwork spells out the words of a poem by Kim Sowol, who contributed greatly to the canon of modern Korean poetry.
In 2017, I received the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. The prize is given to two artists who “have made a signiﬁcant contribution to the development, dissemination and promotion of Arab culture in the world”.
Throughout my work I try to talk about topics that are often ignored or overlooked.
The UAE has been my home since 2013 and my studio is here. I did an art residency at Tashkeel and I noticed that I liked the region. I like the energy, and I think Dubai is a good place. There’s this energy here that I needed.