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The Young Muslim Artists You Need to Follow on Instagram #5

Featured image credit: Fatiha Nadjet Chebil

This series makes us so happy. Every single week, we’re discovering new artistic talents, often at the recommendation of our readers, who are the coolest. Yes, we’re talking about you.

This week’s artist, Fatiha Nadjet Chebil, may be one of our favourites yet. Known as Empreinte on her Instagram, the 25-year-old Algerian illustrator-painter-sketcher creates razor-sharp portraits of everything from hijabi women to henna’d hands.

While Chebil works with all sorts of media and all kinds of colours, we like her black and white illustrations the best. The drawings are striking in their simplicity, and Chebil’s monochrome style is the kind of thing you’d want framed in your living room, stencilled on walls across cities, or tattooed in your skin – if you’re into that sort of thing, of course. Here are some of our favourites:

#REPOST #sahara #algeria #tradition #zentangle #design #illustration #tattoo #art

A post shared by Empreinte – بصمة (@empreinte_bassma) on

#REPOST #haik #illustration #zentangle #design #algerie #tradition

A post shared by Empreinte – بصمة (@empreinte_bassma) on

♡ Empreinte – بصمة X Amaurose ♡ I decided to illustrate @benamer.kader 's poem 😊 ******************* Or soudain, j 'entonne un rire nerveux comme hymne national. Bouché bée, sans alphabet neuf ma respiration haletante s'accouple au souffle du vent accompli. Je m'exprime par éponyme et élude les rébus ambiants. Il me faut me départir de l'envoutement du langage. les mains lavées de tout soupçon, je brasse de l'air avec la volonté vaine de remonter le courant. L'amont est obvers. Je fais en sorte de voir des choses en grand avec des regards sans solution. les yeux livides lisant du vide à volonté hors de tout pays. Il faut clore la vue en définitive. Je me prête au jeu et caresse les ombres au tableau. Je saisi une échelle au vol, descends à la géhenne dominicale avec l'esprit débordant de vacuité. Je connais le noir photogénique. J'entends les allures dithyrambiques des corps collectifs aux heures de pointes. Je me déshabille devant le miroir du réel en un effeuillage versifié , en une stance de la pensée, en un malaise édénique . Ma tête, mon corps, mon sexe, ma voix, mon avenir, mes souvenirs sont en excès de lassitude et les chaires à fleur de peaux se frottent comme du papier de verre. #poem #illustration #art #sensual #blackandwhite #onelinedrawing #linedrawing #minimalism #artsmag #WWDTogether #wwdtogetherwomensmarch

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Along with achieving the pretty good great feeling honour that possibly definitely comes with a feature on Ummahsonic, Chebil’s brilliant work has also been exhibited in many non-digital spaces. In 2015, she was featured as part of a collective exhibition curated by the Feminist Association for the development of the Person and Exercise of Citizenship, otherwise known as AFEPEC, an organisation that campaigns for women’s rights in Algeria.

Pretty impressive, considering she’s entirely self-taught.

Stay up to date with the work of Empreinte AKA Fatiha Nadjet Chebil by hitting that follow button on her Instagram and giving a big ol’ ‘Like’ to her Facebook page.

As always, if you know of any artists deserving of a feature on the unstoppable ‘The Young Muslim Artists You Need to Follow on Instagram’ Ummahsonic series, then drop a shout-out in the comment section of our Facebook page.

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