Fresco – Rue du Grand Serment 22, 1000 Brussels
Mémoires, héritages et transmission is a unique collective work of art created by Dema with the help of residents of the five blocks neighbourhood, in partnership with the non-profit organisations New Brussels and Les Mam’s de l’espoir. These women express their memories, their cultural heritage and intergenerational transmission through the creation of a striking fresco. This fresco is a vibrant symbol of their collective identity, adding beauty and meaning to the urban environment. Through this artistic creation, they establish a strong link between themselves, their neighbourhood and the history that unites them, leaving a lasting imprint on their community.
The artist and the residents of the five blocks will be creating the fresco between the 13th and 27th September.
The inauguration will take place at 1.30pm on the 27th September 2023 at Rue du Grand Serment 22, 1000 Brussels.
Dema has been combining Arabic calligraphy and graffiti art for over 30 years. As the driving force behind numerous artistic and urban projects, he is now a prominent fixture in the Belgian and international landscape. His work always conveys a philosophy or message that reflects his life’s journey, his experiences as a citizen and, above all, his desire to support younger generations. Because, for him, that’s what really matters. Using his extensive experience in the field, he encourages young people to express themselves and gives them a voice in a public arena in which they are all too often under-represented.
Dema’s works are an original and clearly identifiable blend of traditional ancient art and contemporary urban expression. In the public space, his works are often the result of a collaborative effort involving citizens, associations and institutions, always with the underlying aim of democratising urban art, prioritising it for future generations, and at the same time, raising awareness among a wider audience of all ages and different cultures.