Tunisian artist Saja: I demand the return of my paintings from the Dubai Expo
Tunisian artist Saja sent a letter to Tunisian President Kais Saied and the Ministers of Culture and Export in his country, expressing his refusal to use his paintings in the Tunis Gallery at the Expo Dubai, contrary to the initial verbal agreement with officials of the Tunisian Masdar House.
The artist demanded the withdrawal of his artworks displayed at the “Expo Dubai”, and the guarantee of all his material rights in return for displaying his works.
Saja said – in a post on his page On Instagram – he agreed unconditionally and for free last September to sign a contract guaranteeing the rights of both parties, and displayed his paintings on the entire gallery and secured them.
“I have been waiting for 4 months, and despite my many attempts, I found nothing but procrastination,” he said.
The painter revealed -in message He posted it on Instagram – that he did not sign any contract, and his paintings were displayed in a closed place not open to visitors, as well as some of his works were damaged.
Saja added in the same publication that he waited 4 months and found nothing but procrastination, especially from the Export Promotion Center, which did not give him the dues he owes.
The Tunisian artist also denounced the failure to invite him to attend the exhibition, and the Tunisian gallery’s Facebook page ignored his artwork.
The Tunisian artist concluded his message by saying, “I ask you, Mr. President of the Republic, Mrs. Minister of Culture, and Mrs. Minister of Export, to help me guarantee my rights and entitlements as a Tunisian artist, and to return my paintings as soon as possible.
A wave of sympathy for the artist
The artist’s publication, Saja, aroused a great wave of sympathy from the pioneers of social networking sites in Tunisia, as they expressed their solidarity with him.
Tunisian bloggers sympathized with the Tunisian artist, Saja, who demanded that the authorities in his country return his paintings displayed at the Dubai Expo in the UAE, after violating the verbal agreement he signed with officials of the Tunisian pavilion.
Bloggers on Facebook confirmed that what happened with the artist Saja has become a normal thing in a country where talented and creative people suffer, and opportunists control it.
Others confirmed that the name of the Exporter House or the Export Promotion Center has become linked to scandals because the artist Saja’s case is not the first in the institution’s record.