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Links to essays on the political visual culture of the Arab world
various authors and sources



Abou Hashhash, Mahmoud. On the Visual Representation of Martyrdom in Palestine. Third Text, 20, 2006.


Barnes, Daniel. Radical aesthetics: the view from Lebanon. Ceasefire, April 23, 2011.


Dabbous, Yasmine, Khaled Nasser and Farah Dabbous. 'Across the bridge of death': The culture of martyrdom in Lebanon 1960s-1980s. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 13(6) 2010.


Downey, Anthony. For the Common Good: Artistic Practices, Collective Action and Civil Society in Tunisia. 28 February 2013


Downey, Anthony. Beyond the former Middle East. June 1, 2011.


Lovatt, Hugh. The aesthetics of space: West Bank graffiti and global artists. September 2010.


Maasri, Zeina. The Aesthetics of Belonging Transformations in Hizbullah's Political Posters (1985-2006). Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 5 (2012) 149-189.


Peteet, Julie. The Writing on the Walls: The Graffiti of the Intifada. Cultural Anthropology, 11(2) 1996.



Visual culture of the Arab uprisings


Special ussue: MER 263 - The Art and Culture of the Arab Revolts. Middle East Research and Information Project. Volume: 42; Summer 2012


Special Issue: Arab Media and Society

Special Issue: Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 2012, 5(1)

Special Issue: Bidoun (on Egyptian uprising) issue 25


Roy Boyn interviews Mona Abaza on Graffiti and the Egyptian Revolution; accompanying her article: Walls, Segregating Downtown Cairo and the Mohammed Mahmud Street Graffiti Theory, Culture & Society. October 9, 2012


Alessandrini, Anthony. Aesthetic uprisings. Jadaliyya, May 1, 2011


Chick, Kristen. Egyptian graffiti artist Ganzeer arrested amid surge in political expression. The Christian Science Monitor, May 26, 2011.


El Rashidi, Yasmine. Art or vandalism? Eurozine, September 27, 2011.


Elshahed, Mohamed. Tahrir Square: Social Media, Public Space . Design Observer, POSTED 02.27.11


ElZein Rayya  and Alex Ortiz (Curators). Signs of the Times: The Popular Literature of Tahrir Protest Signs, Grafitti, and Street Art. ArteEast. April 1, 2011.


Gillard, Colleen and Georgia Wells. The art of revolution. The Atlantic, May 9, 2011


Harb, Zahera. Arab Revolutions and the Social Media EffectMedia Culture Journal, Vol. 14, No. 2 (2011) - 'diaspora'.


Lindsey, Ursula. Art in Egypt's revolutionary square. Middle East Research and Information Project, Number 261, January 2012


Moosa, Ebrahim. Aesthetics and transcendence in the Arab uprisings. Middle East Law and Governance, 3(1), 2011


Parshley, Lois. For Egypt's Graffiti Artists, Revolution Brings Inspiration and Uncertainty The Atlantic, October 3, 2011


Shaw, Anny and Gareth Harris. Arab protesters put their art on the streets. The Art Newspaper, December 30, 2011


Wood, Josh. The maturing of street art in Cairo. New York Times, July 27, 2011

Sois Belle et Vote: A Failed Reconciliation of Beauty and Politics
In April 2009, the Free Patriotic Movement issued the campaign "Sois Belle et Vote", as part of its broader electoral campaign under the title of "Change and Reform". read more
By Anetta Bou Saleh
Signs of Conflict 2012*
Tariq al Jdide: Alternative Model of Political Propaganda
The 2009 elections in Lebanon created a platform for the creation of countless political campaigns. The conflict between the different political parties shifted from physical confrontations to a visual battle of billboards. The discourse of each political party was made apparent through these political campaigns as each one of them strived to consolidate their ideology. Tayyar El Mustaqbal (Future Movement) is a telling example since it is a relatively new political party and is now striving to define and propagate its ideals. read more
By Marwa Boukarim and Marwan Kaabour
Signs of Conflict 2012*
Messages From the Enemy: A Semiotic Analysis
Throughout the course of the 33-day Hezbollah-Israeli war, thousands of aerial leaflets were disseminated in an attempt to influence Lebanese sentiment and hopefully behavior––a classic psychological operation. (PSYOP). The following case-study approach attempts to further investigate the relationship between a communicator, a receiver, and the communicated in a war situation. The objective of deciphering the level of participation of each party aims at understanding the politics of the new scenario. read more
By Douaa Sheet and Rania Mneimneh
Signs of Conflict 2012*
Off The Wall
By Zeina Maasri

Foreword by Fawwaz Traboulsi

204 pages (including 64 colored)

Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East
By Christiane Gruber and Sune Haugbolle (editors)
376 pages, 22 color illus., 79 b&w illus.
Image Politics in the Middle East
By Lina Khatib

288 pages

Arabic Graffiti
By Pascal Zoghbi and Stone aka Don Karl (eds.)
200 full color pages
Ambiguities of Domination
By Lisa Wedeen

251 pages | 9 halftones, 19 line drawings