While Western Pop Art began in the 1950s and was popularized in the 1960s, several artists from the MENA region & diaspora today continue to keep it alive through their colorful and kitsch aesthetic works. Stunning and exciting cross-cultural designs abound, driven by the influence of globalization on a local, already visually rich culture, as well as the present social and political situation. A new generation of designers is defying all clichés about the ‘Arab & African world’. These designers’ creative exuberance is often cutting-edge and groundbreaking. In a culture this visual, local tradition combined with the influence of globalization constitutes a blend that’s a more than sufficient source of inspiration. A clash of civilizations is definitely out of the question here. On the contrary, a hybrid, graphical mix is manifest.
For a new exhibition in Antwerp (Belgium) we are looking for digital pop art & collage artists from North Africa, the Middle East & diaspora.