EPISODE 12 – Tunisia
Written and directed by Sara Ben-Saud
Manel Mahdouani is a tattoo artist living in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. As a descendent of the Amazigh people native to North Africa, Manel specializes in Amazigh tattoos. With tattooing traditions no longer practiced, her grandmother’s generation are the last to carry the traditional designs and knowledge. Since many still depend on oral transmission of their cultural knowledge, Manel travels to remote villages and searches for the knowledge found in the collective memory of elderly people. When she finds a tattoo, she takes pictures and adds it to her research. She then modernizes the design for present-day reproduction. Manel is the only person archiving traditional Amazigh tattoos.
Manel Mahdouani is an internationally renowned Tunisian tattoo artist located in Tunis. She studied Psychology and Fine Arts at university before starting a 6-month apprenticeship in 2013. She began tattooing professionally in 2014. Manel specializes in Amazigh tattoos, Arabic calligraphy, geometric and small tattoos.