Aly Timbuctustate’s mural continues the South Park Public Art Incentive that is working to bring art and culture to residence of this community with local and international talent with a highly curated approach to the public art placed in this district. This piece is an ode to the Sufi poet Rumi and is a blessing for the South Park District and downtown community at large.
Born in Guinea and raised in Senegal West Africa, and currently a Leimert Park resident (Los Angeles), Aly Kourouma a.k.a. D.J. Ndebele is an artist and a fashion designer. His work focuses on the dialog between the esthetic of the so-called “primitive world” and its modern urban counterpart, and the possible emergence of a more universal truth.
Borders are a powerful illusion especially in modern Africa, where people commonly grow writing multiple alphabets and speaking numerous languages, all the while being exposed to foreign cultures. But Dj Ndebele believes that what could be seen as ground for confusion can turn into richness and complexity, and ultimately, into a tool for cultural reconciliation through the lens of art.
Cultural preservation is at the heart of his work. The idea is that like any other form of life, the extinction of a human culture is a tremendous loss for all of us; a cultural loss as well as a loss of biodiversity. Therefore, his work as an artist is to bring awareness to the “Presence” of our biological and cultural diversity so that, maybe, the richness of the human experience can be shared and be used as a tool for empowerment.