Mysterious shapes and lines - this was how Aatifi first perceived letters as a child. Since then, the artist has worked closely with Islamic calligraphy, engaging with the form and essence of Arabic characters. Aatifi learned the most important styles of the classical art of calligraphy in the city of his birth, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Even as a student of the art of calligraphy, he began to modify the characters. Over the years, he has refined and reduced elements of Islamic calligraphy, developing a unique visual language that is both independent of text and universally understandable.
With the solo exhibition 'News from Afghanistan', the Pergamonmuseum presented vibrant contemporary art that draws from the rich culture of the Islamic world.
Length: 8:13 minutes
Pergamon Poems: in cooperation with the Schaubühne Berlin
Regie: Felix von Boehm & Constantin Lieb
Camera: Till Vielrose
Sound: Johannes Hampel
Make-up: Hanna Riehm
Music: Therese Strasser