During his first international residency, Casablanca-based street artist Mehdi Annassi explored the neighbourhoods of North Kensington to create a new mural in a public location as part of Shubbak’s 2019 Festival. Through spending time with residents and community groups, the artist delved into Ladbroke Grove’s past and present. Together with FerArts, SK Youth Families, and eight local collaborators, Mehdi developed a graphic story, showing creatures settling, leaving and searching for new homes under the eyes of an ominous figure. The story captures ideas of change and renewal in neighbourhoods and communities.
Mehdi Annassi aka Machima works on large-scale murals, comics, zines, animation, illustrations and street art (Street Art Caravane, Jidar Festival, Sbagha Bagha Festival). He is known for his contribution and involvement to Morocco’s thriving comic art scene and is a founding member of Skefkef, the first Moroccan independent comics magazine. He is currently working on his first graphic novel.
Conceived and created by: Mehdi Annassi
In collaboration with: Bamboo Kidd, BenzLenz, Charlie, Flexwon, Muna Less, Rajaa, Sabrin, Thaismina, FerArts and SK Youth Families
Presented with additional support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Drosos Foundation, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, The K&C Foundation – Green Shoots fund and Nour Creative Learning Programme in collaboration with FerArts and SK Youth Families.
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North Kensington, London
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