‘GRAF­FITI NOT VAN­DAL­ISM’

Sul­tan al Has­sani says graf­fiti, where he finds refuge, has no bound­aries,

Muscat Daily - - CLASSIFIED­S -

For Sul­tan al Has­sani, graf­fiti is more than just draw­ings and writ­ings scrib­bled on the wall. It is a fine art and no dif­fer­ent from any other.

Has­sani’s re­mark­able skill is re­flected in graf­fiti which he de­scribes as an ex­cel­lent medium to ex­press ideas and emo­tions as well as a good way to con­vey mes­sages.

“Each and ev­ery one of us has a par­tic­u­lar way of ex­press­ing his or her feel­ings and emo­tions. Some like to write it down, oth­ers pre­fer to paint or even play a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment. I do graf­fiti. Whether I’m feel­ing happy or sad, I al­ways find refuge in graf­fiti. It is a good way to show how I feel,” Has­sani said.

He goes to great lengths to de­bunk the gen­eral public per­cep­tion that graf­fiti is a form of van­dal­ism.

“There is a huge dif­fer­ence be­tween graf­fiti and van­dal­ism. First and fore­most, graf­fiti is a fine art with a mes­sage whereas van­dal­ism is an at­tempt to de­face and dis­tort. Se­condly, van­dal­ism has a ma­li­cious in­tent, aimed to cause harm, while graf­fiti with its vivid colours and styles is a joy to be­hold,” Has­sani said.

He fur­ther added that in many parts of the world, there are neigh­bour­hoods ded­i­cated to graf­fiti, which is tes­ti­mony to the fact that it is not van­dal­ism.

Ex­plain­ing why graf­fiti is an ex­cel­lent form of ex­pres­sion, he said it has no bound­aries. “Ever since I was a child, I loved to draw and paint. I was in­tro­duced to graf­fiti much later in life and loved what it of­fered and the fact that it has no bound­aries. You can draw what­ever you want and how­ever you feel. While other arts, like por­trait paint­ing, and to some ex­tent play­ing mu­sic is con­fined to a spe­cific venue - like an ex­hi­bi­tion gallery or theatre - graf­fiti is drawn in a public place. It of­fers op­portu

I can’t em­pha­sise enough the fact that graf­fiti is not van­dal­ism nor is it linked to shanty towns and gang­sters Sul­tan al Has­sani

ni­ties to in­ter­act with peo­ple, be­sides scope for pub­lic­ity.”

Ac­cord­ing to Has­sani, ev­ery per­son sees graf­fiti from his or her own per­spec­tive. While for some, graf­fiti is as­so­ci­ated with angst, oth­ers might think is re­flects con­fu­sion or per­haps even hap­pi­ness.

Asked what in­spires him, Has­sani said, “Emo­tions. Love, af­fec­tion and long­ing prompt me to reach out for my spray cans and cre­ate graf­fiti. Th­ese feel­ings can hardly be ex­pressed in words but can be very ef­fec­tive when ex­pressed via graf­fiti.”

A mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist with a de­gree ac­quired in Malaysia, Has­sani works in plan­ning events be­sides run­ning a busi­ness in de­sign­ing T-shirts. He cre­ates graf­fiti at lo­cal com­mu­nity events and fes­ti­vals, and his art has ap­peared at Oman Club, Wadi Kabir, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

A res­i­dent of Bausher, Has­sani is keen to pop­u­larise Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy through his art as he be­lieves it has been ne­glected over time.

“I can’t em­pha­sise enough the fact that graf­fiti is not van­dal­ism nor is it linked to shanty towns and gang­sters. It is a fine art that is sim­ply prac­ticed on the streets and in public,” he re­it­er­ated. (Con­trib­uted by Mo­hammed al Dhiyabi)

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