Telling the Story of the Arab Spring Through Graffiti

Contributed By: Gisele El Khoury
Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Online Tools
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Crossing Boundaries, St. Lawrence University
Author: Gisele El Khoury
Condition of Use: Fair Use for Education

During the Arab Spring, city walls were often the only places where artists could talk back to tyrants. The map includes 32 examples of graffiti from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain. Each instance has two points: the first point, in red, includes visual representation, the story behind it, an English translation of the text, and the name of the artist. The second point, in blue, and includes a video related to the piece of graffiti. Each of these points indicates the approximate location of the graffiti on the map. This work has been sponsored by ‘Crossing Boundaries,’ an interdisciplinary humanities project at St. Lawrence University made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.” >

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