This week’s photo challenge read “from lines to patterns”, inspired by Evan Zelermyer‘s stunning urban, abstract, and architectural images from his “Shape, Line, Texture, Pattern”. I almost thought of bypassing this challenge having posted pictures of lines and architecture just recently. And then Hassan Massoudy came to my rescue!
So, who is Hassan Massoudy?
Born in 1944, the “greatest living calligrapher” according to Michael Tournier, living in Paris, originally from South Iraq.
At www.thing.net one reads about Massoudy and his commitment to community, peace and tolerance
The sense of community is essential for Massoudy, and that community is most emphatically not limited to Islam. Much of his work focuses on peace and tolerance as a prerequisite of all that has value, and this quite naturally leads him into work with Amnesty International, UNICEF, and other related organizations. Ifpeace forms one of Massoudy’s major themes, it reaches back into one of the basic social currencies of his tradition, the proverb. Proverbs may promote fellowship and agreement in a limited community, but Massoudy reaches out to those of other traditions in the hope that these will help form a common tender, based in shared community experience, that may bring the world’s cultures together.
The above quotation matched with the calligraphies he did today. He wrote proverbs from the Persian, Arabic and Sufi culture. One of them appealed very much to me, saying
“If you don’t know where you are going, you should know, where you are coming from”
Presenting here to you a few calligraphies he produced live in front of us today (and gave us permission to take photographs of. However please note my copyright information)
Want to see more of Hassan Massoudy’s work?
Exhibition in Geneva
From 20.09- 21.12.2013 his work will be presented at the Galerie Yolenn White, 32 Grande Rue, Genève, Switzerland