Babi received a grant to help him finance his exhibition. 


What is your artistic background?

I have always drawn from my personal memories, while dealing with societal issues. Everything has always been artistic material to make visual poetry (letters, words, sentences, images, objects). I have always worked from my experiences. Art for me is existential and political. 


How do you see your profession today?

I am a true artist, I have obtained French nationality, I am no longer a refugee. I am a committed and mobilised artist. It's as if I were in a permanent war. 


How do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years?

I'm pessimistic, very pessimistic. I think there will be a war, with everything that it entails.


This interview was conducted in 2017

Photo credit: Antonin Amy-Menichetti