ARAB NEWS S’appuyer sur la tradition : un ouvrier irakien préserve l’art calligraphique

Iraqi calligrapher Wael al-Ramdan, 49, wipes the glass on one of his Arabic calligraphy framed art pieces at his workship in al-Ashar district of Iraq's southern city of Basra on December 19, 2021. (AFP

Bien qu’il ait remporté des prix dans de nombreux concours, Hussein a reconnu que « vous ne pouvez pas vivre avec ça », l’écriture artistique de l’écriture arabe.

RANYA, Iraq: When he is not hauling concrete blocks on a construction site in northern Iraq, Jamal Hussein devotes his time to preserving the gentle art of Arabic calligraphy.
Though he has won awards in numerous competitions, Hussein acknowledged that “you can’t live on this,” the artistic handwriting of Arabic script.

“I have a big family. I have to find other work,” said the father of 11, who is 50 years old and earns his keep working on building sites in the Iraqi Kurdish town of Ranya.Last week, the United Nations culture agency declared Arabic calligraphy an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,” following a campaign by 16 countries led by Saudi Arabia and including Iraq.

“The fluidity of Arabic script offers infinite possibilities, even within a single word, as letters can be stretched and transformed in numerous ways to create different motifs,” UNESCO said on its website.
Abdelmajid Mahboub from the Saudi Heritage Preservation Society involved in the proposal to UNESCO said the number of specialized Arab calligraphic artists had dropped sharply. LINK TO ARTICLE