World street artists decorate Tunisian island village


Street art by El Seed (Tunisia).

This summer, more than 100 street artists from all over the globe converged in the village of Er-Riadh, on the Tunisian island of Djerba. While the island is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, this picturesque village is off the beaten path, in the centre of the island. There, residents agreed to let the artists paint on their walls. Some residents had input in the themes depicted, while others gave the artists free rein.

The project, which had its grand unveiling over the weekend, is the brainchild of Medhi Ben Cheikh, a Franco-Tunisian who runs a gallery in Paris. He was behind the Paris 13 project, which turned an abandoned tower into a playground for some of the greatest street artists in the world. It attracted more than 25,000 visitors last year before being demolished, as was the plan since the start.

The artwork in Er-Riadh, however, is meant to last – at least until the elements get the best of it. In the meantime, it is one of the largest open-air galleries in the world, sure to attract many new visitors.

By Phlegm (UK).

By Wais1 (Russia).

By C215 (France).

By Nespoon (Poland).

By Zied Lasram (Tunisia).

By Alexis Diaz (Puerto Rico).

By Curiot (Mexico). 

By Bomk (France).

By El Seed (Tunisia).

By Stinkfish (Colombia).