Field Trip to Fes!
This week, we’re traveling way past the city limits to get a little taste of graffiti abroad. Saaret Yoseph, the director and producer of Red Line D.C. with a bad case of wanderlust, shares photos taken of graffiti during her current trip to Morocco. Read on as she talks a bit about her snapshots and impressions of aerosol going wild elsewhere in the world:
While studying abroad in Morocco this past month, I’ve been lucky enough to visit a handful of historical sites and cities, including Marrakech, Volubilis, Meknes and Rabat. Alongside the beautiful madras, mosques and ruins of these well-known places, I’ve been encountering aerosol, etchings–and even penciled!–graffiti. Just yesterday, I went to the former capital of Fes and was surprised to see so much writing, especially on the walls of the old medina, Fes el-Bali. The hidden corners and winding walkways of this UNESCO World Heritage site house more than just an endless array of souks. Here, on the stone walls of this rapidly dilapidating tourist attraction, random words in Arabic and English present themselves at nearly every turn, proving that one-man’s desecration is just another man declaration.
I haven’t been able to decipher it all, of course. But, despite the gaps of language and culture, the pervasiveness of graffiti is clear. Even in a centuries-old medina, Moroccans are adding their own layer of existence; contributing to these lived spaces by leaving their mark.
Take a look at my photos and let me know what you think of the graf I’ve found in the Motherland!