Aimen Ajhani

Born in 1989 and originally from Misrata, Aimen Ajhani, aka Elbohly, is a self-taught Libyan street graffiti artist. In many ways, he represents the voice of the Libyan youth and their struggle. Inspired by the philosophy of the hip-hop subculture, he was part of an underground artistic scene in Tripoli, Libya where he first began spraying dissident images dating from before the February 2011 Revolution.

It was his work during the uprisings however that gained him popular local recognition, with his 'Libya' scrawled on the walls and his original signature stencils of 'Fatima's Hand' and the 'Owl' that had the message of: 'Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil'. Ajhani's work had then also become the colourful backdrop to many music videos arising from the Libyan creative youth movement.

This artwork would also catch the attention of a visiting Danish organisation called 'Turning Tables', whose mission is to empower marginalised youth globally by encouraging music, film and creative expression. Impressed with his signature style, they invited him to take part in an 'Images Festival' in 2013 where he was the only Libyan participant.

Since then he has relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark where he has been engaged with several street art projects, murals and exhibiting some work on canvas. Always experimenting with different techniques, he is now playing with a new form of graffiti - called 'Calligraffiti' - that manipulates the Arabic script to offer both a visual and written message.

One of his more recent works in Ringsted was a beautiful mural dedicated to the 18-year-old Libyan peace activist Tawfik Ben Saud, who was killed for speaking up against extremism. It is a tribute to those who continue to fight for freedom, rights and justice in a dangerous environment back home. A life-story mural was also exhibited at the Museum of the Immigrant in Denmark earlier in 2015.

Over the past few years, Ajhani's work has been displayed in several festivals including in Libya (Human Rights Day 2013), Tunisia (Human Rights Day 2014), Denmark, Holland, Belgium (European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Forum, Brussels 2014) and Germany, with the London-based 'Shubbak Festival 2015' next on his busy schedule. Currently, he is also teaching graffiti art in the Museum of Children in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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