Said Dokins and Leonardo Luna amazing Light Caligraphy series in the Netherlands

Posted on January 04, 2018

Said Dokins and Leonardo Luna visited the Netherlands last year on invitation of Amsterdam Urban Art Museum / Street Art Today, Heerlen Murals and Locatie Spatie in Arnhem. During this trip the artists created a beautiful Light Caligraphy project called "Inscription and Erasure. Heliographies of memory in Netherlands." 

The project consists of a series of photographs that capture the calligraphic gesture, the very moment where the action of inscription is taking place. But this is not usual calligraphy writing. The texts are written with light, so the words disappear as soon as they were suggested by the moves of the calligrapher, invisible to the simple eye, they just can be captured by a process of long-exposure photography, that reveal what happened, even though no one could see it. Through these ephemeral interventions with light calligraphy, we capture the invisible, acting on air, using as locations iconic places: historic sites, public plazas, monuments, bulwarks, abandoned places become re-signification spaces.

Like mentioned above the pair worked in several different cities across the Netherlands. About working in Amsterdam and collaborating with the soon to open Street Art Museum Said Dokins said: 

"We worked in Amsterdam-Noord, the old industrial area across the IJ river. Currently, it’s going through an accelerated process of gentrification, that has given rise to a new urban area at the river shore with hotels, restaurants, galleries and museums that have turned the neighborhood into a place of production and consumerism characteristic of post-industrial cities. From another perspective, the local people of that side of the river that had lived there through generations in social care housing, feel every day more unconnected to their own neighborhood."

The pair also made their beautiful light artworks on Dam Square and in the iconic Canals of Amsterdam. 

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Photography: Said Dokins/Leonardo Luna