150 street artists from 30 countries created an open-air mural museum in Erriadh, a village on the Tunisian island of Djerba and one of the oldest in the country. The project was called “Djerbahood” and was organized by Medhi Ben Cheikh and the Galerie Itinerrance to decorate the village, revive it with new life, and draw more public attention to the island’s vast collection of beautiful street art. Spending almost the whole summer working on their personal murals, the artists left Erriadh on the so-called Island of Dreams with more than 150 stunning pieces decorating its walls, buildings, gates, windows, and doors.
“I wanted to do a project in Tunisia, but it was also a question of logistics,” Ben Cheikh said to NY Times. “I couldn’t send artists to the middle of nowhere. But also because Muslims, Christians and Jews have lived here in peace for the last 2,000 years or so. I’m not here to aggravate anyone, but to consolidate this aspect, which I find beautiful, and together with the natural beauty of the village, provides the artists with a unique canvas.”