We are excited to reveal some forthcoming events with Aïcha El Beloui and Mehdi Annassi, two award-winning artists from the Moroccan Collective Skefkef سكفكف . They are in residence with Shubbak for one week and are giving talks and workshops across London end of this month to warm you up until the festival kicks off next summer.

A conversation with artists in residence Aicha El Beloui & Mehdi Annassi
Tuesday 27th November 2018, 11am-12:30pm
In collaboration with ACAVA
54 Blechynden St, W10 6RJ
Free Admission

Mehdi and Aicha will be visiting West London to share aspects of their illustration, street art, and design work with ACAVA members and non-members, followed by an open discussion and Q&A on art practices in neighbourhood contexts.

Create your own comic with Mehdi Annassi
Wednesday 28 November 2018, 6pm - 7:30pm
In collaboration with Khidr Collective & Rusumat Digital
Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ, London
Ticket: £3
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/510363676148188/

A comics workshop with award-winning Skefkef artist Mehdi Annassi. The Casablanca-based multidisciplinary artist will be in London for the first time to guide you through making your own comic. All levels are welcome, from aspiring comics to those intrigued by the form. Residents who live locally are particularly welcome. The venue is fully accessible. If you cannot afford a ticket, please get in touch with KhidrCollective@googlemail.com

Illustration workshop with Skefkef
Thursday, 29 November 2018, 2pm - 3:30pm
In Collaboration with OOMK Zine
Old Manor Park Library: 835 Romford Road, E12 5JY
Free admission
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/

Mehdi Annassi and Aicha El Beloui will guide you through the process of creating large-scale illustrations within neighbourhood contexts in an illustration workshop.

About the artists:

Aicha El Beloui is an illustrator, graphic designer, and creative director. Trained as an architect, Aicha is particularly interested in illustration and map-based work. She explores themes of citizenship, public spaces, belonging, freedom, and the individual in the Moroccan context. A context she has always actively tried to understand and demystify, firstly through her architecture studies, which helped sharpen the reading of the city to a certain extent, then through her direct involvement in architectural heritage and the cultural scene in Casablanca. She’ll often work with communities to discover a particular area and then carefully filter it into her maps and illustrations. She asks: who has the right to the city? A great example is her MAP OF THE LEGEND, Dubai Design Week 2017. Find out more about her work here: http://aichaelbeloui.com/

Mehdi Annassi aka Machima is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist (creative of the year 2015, Maroc Web Awards). He works on large-scale murals, comics, zines, animation, illustrations, and street art (Street Art Caravane, Jidar festival, Sbagha Bagha festival). Mehdi is known for his contribution and involvement with comic art, as a founding member of Skefkef, the first Moroccan independent comics magazine written in darija. He is currently working on his first graphic novel. Community-facing, he will rarely paint a mural in a place where it doesn’t connect to its people and surroundings. He’s extremely socially conscientious and has worked with a range of individuals in varying circumstances; from art students to international street art collectives. Find out more about his work: http://thebadblood.tumblr.com/

You can follow Skefkef's work here:

These events are part of an artist residency which is generously supported by the Bagri Foundation