Renowned graffiti artist Mohammed Ali (aka Aerosol Arabic) has announced details of his latest project, Writing on the Wall, which will bring aerosol art and spoken word together. Taking place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Thursday 21 January 2010, the event will see internationally recognised poets alongside the Birmingham-born artist for a one-night-only performance.
An idea thought up by Mohammed four years ago, Writing on the Wall is a radical expression of emotion and values through visual art and spoken word. Brainchild of Mohammed Ali, artistic director for the project, it will see the artist take over The REP’s scenic workshop where sets are built before it is redeveloped as part of the theatre’s link with new Library of Birmingham project.
Mohammed’s live aerosol art will be coupled with poetry from internationally renowned Zena Edwards, American performer Amir Sulaiman and Birmingham’s 2006 Poet Laureate Dreadlock Alien, as well as production by the legendary Hip Hop theatre producer Jonzi D. During a two-week residency in the theatre, Mohammed will also be working with local visual artists to create unique images, before embarking on the one-night-only performance on 21 January 2010 in the theatre’s scenic workshop.
Inspired by the theme of ‘3’, the production will interweave sights and sounds to inspire the audiences’ imagination, provoking thoughts and creative fires. Live poetry and painting will blend seamlessly in front of and all-around a standing audience.
Ammo Talwar, Director of Punch Records who are partnering on the event, said:
“Mohammed has established himself in the field of faith and the arts for the past decade. He has worked alongside various communities to inspire residents through exciting visual arts, promoting global concepts and ideals. The aim of his work is to not only express his own ideas through an aerosol can, but also connect communities. As well as numerous commissions around the world – including Sydney, New York and Kuala Lumpur – Mohammed recently won an award in the hugely respected ITV Southbank Show Awards.”
Ali is now developing his wall-based artwork, which has received media recognition across the world including CNN, BBC Newsnight, Aljazeera and Reuters. For Writing on the Wall, he will bring international poets to his hometown for an event that promises to have worldwide relevance.
Ali said, “I have been fortunate enough to create art in major cities across the globe, but it’s great to deliver my biggest project to-date right here in the city of Birmingham, where I was born and raised.
“This concept has been four years in the making and I’ve been waiting to launch the project until I was happy with it. Not only is this a radical approach to art and spoken word, but I’m hoping to create art that will inspire people with hope and positivity. I’m trying to bring a bit of colour into some of the ugly conditions that exist in the world today. To bring together street-art and spoken word from some of the best poets around at the moment, and taking that into our city’s leading producing theatre is really quite exciting.”
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