Finnish-Tunisian artist Dora Dalila Cheffi creates joyful, expressive paintings that capture the sights and spirits of Tunis, the city she now calls home. Her signature style—characterized by slightly skewed proportions, vivid color, and loose brushstrokes—is influenced by both her Tunisian and European roots, and is also a reflection of the initial childlike wonder she experienced after moving to the city from Helsinki. Along with her paintings, Dora has produced abstract sculpture, as well as video works. For WePresent, Dora spoke to Writer Sarah Souli about having roots in two different countries, or as it’s known in Tunisian Arabic, being “nus-nus,” and the difficulties – and freedom – that can come from it.
“When I first moved to Tunisia I thought everything was so wonderful; I was looking at everything through pink glasses.”