“Transgression”, American Illustration 38 Winner
“Transgression”, artwork signed by the visual artist Houda Bakkali, has been selected to appear in the prestigious American Illustration 38 annual award book (New York, 2019). This year’s distinguished jury included: Christopher Brand, Crown Publishing; Dennis Huynh, Buzzfeed; Maria G. Keehan, Smithsonian; Hannah K Lee, The New York Times; Janet Michaud, Politico; Aaron Rinas, Art + Mechanical; and Marianne Seregi, National Geographic. From over 7,000 submissions, the jury selected only 386 images by a majority vote or better to appear in the book and represent the best illustrations from 2018. The American Illustration 38 winning collection will be presented in print and digital media for maximum visibility, prestige, prominence…, This competition is judged by an international jury of top creatives, honor the best work being created today by best international artists and creatives. The annual launch event that will be held in New York City on November 7, 2019.
“American Illustration is the leading juried collection of illustration in hardcover. Including Latin American Ilustración and Int’l Motion Art Awards competitions”
“Transgression” is a part of this series “Beautiful African Woman”. This artwork is based on digital illustration, is a tribute to the African and Arab women inspired in the mother’s artist. This artwork wants to convey a message to women so that they feel free. Not afraid of failure, there is no absolute failure. Likewise, this illustration break down the clichés by showing a modern vision of Arab women through the tool, techniques and support of digital art.
Paradores de Turismo has one of the most important art collections in Spain. From Gothic carvings from the 14th century to Femish tapestries made from Rubens illustrations, and much more. Since its founding in 1928, this hotel chain has nourished the walls of its monumental buildings with the best art. In There is no other known hotel establishment in the world that has more than 9,000 pieces of art.
About “Beautiful African Woman”
The series “Beautiful African Woman”, is a tribute to the woman whose inspiration is the artist’s mother. Bakkali intends with this work “to leave the legacy of doing things normally, in total equality, feeling free. It is a colourful, enthusiastic and optimistic vision, with two key pillars, the technique and soul of the work, with which I also seek to refute stereotypes about Arab culture. It is fair and necessary for people to know that not everything is from one extreme or another, to give visibility to a free, demanding woman, owner of her own decisions and mistress of her own life”. The artist remembers how the protagonist of this work dressed trikini in the beach of Tangier in the 60s and 70s, and that did not respond more than to a normal circumstance.
Breaking stereotypes, involutionism and vindicating the right of women to decide on their future, are the messages that move this series of digital illustrations.
The work “Beautiful African Woman”, has obtained different recognitions from the different international media and institutions, having obtained the New Talent Award of the Artists of the World International Festival of Cannes (2018), the Silver Award of the prestigious publishing house Graphis in New York (2018) or the Circle Foundation for the Arts Award in Lyon (2019), among other distinctions. On the other hand, Bakkali’s work also seeks to break with the clichés that still exist about digital art and that, as the artist recalled in her lecture at the Antonio López Arts College last March, “digital art it is still very suspicious and that has been an important handicap that I have had to deal with throughout my career”. However, and according to Bakkali, “digital tools are another means to build bridges, to express the concerns of the soul and to describe the world around us”.