Bahia Shehab’s Mahmoud Darwish Project II

More Walls Painted In 2016 Bahia Shehab started an international street campaign celebrating the work of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The first intervention was in Vancouver-Canada. In February she sprayed the stanza “Stand at the corner of a dream and fight” in downtown Vancouver. Street expression is no longer tolerated in Cairo. Shehab finds that the work of Darwish is […]

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Bahia Shehab’s Mahmoud Darwish Project

  In 2016 Bahia Shehab started an international street campaign celebrating the work of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The first intervention was in Vancouver-Canada. In February she sprayed the stanza “Stand at the corner of a dream and fight” in downtown Vancouver. Street expression is no longer tolerated in Cairo. Shehab finds that the work of Darwish is more relevant […]

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Translating Emotions: Graffiti as a Tool for Change

Bahia Shehab During the Egyptian revolution, art sublimated violence and translated emotions. Music, theatre, video art, graffiti and cartoons were just a few examples of media of protest that overtook the streets and cyberspace. Strong emotions brought about intense creativity, and in the process artists and laymen alike provided us with exceptional examples of how to express dissidence and solidarity […]

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Blue Bra Graffiti (Bahia Shehab)

BY Nama Khalil 2 September 2014, Design and Violence From the curators: Using sexual violence to intimidate, crack down on dissent, or brutalize opposition is nothing new. Neither is graffiti—illicit drawings are older than Pompeii. However, such designs have taken on new life of late, paralleling an increased public and political focus on female sexuality. During the wave of disparate yet […]

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Bahia Shehab: Art As a Tool for Change

  24 March 2014, Louisiana Channel “Graffiti is like flowers. They are beautiful, but they don’t live long.” An interview with Lebanese-Egyptian street-artist Bahia Shehab about the role of art during the Arab spring: “You cannot resist ideas. They can travel into any mind.” “I am a quiet person, I don’t know how to scream”, says Bahia Shehab. “My contribution […]

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A thousand times NO: Fellows Friday with Bahia Shehab

Posted by: Karen Eng September 7, 2012 TED Blog When art historian and scholar of Arabic script Bahia Shehab was asked to create a piece commemorating the centenary of the first exhibition on Islamic art in Europe, little did she know that the Egyptian revolution would ultimately transform her into a street artist and activist with a powerful and subtle voice of protest. […]

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Bahia Shehab: A thousand times no

    Filmed June 2012 Subtitles available in 36 languages Art historian Bahia Shehab has long been fascinated with the Arabic script for ‘no.’ When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, she began spraying the image in the streets saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence. Interactive transcriptInteractive transcript TED Fellow Bahia Shehab sends an […]

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NEFERTITI’S DAUGHTERS (Sneak Preview #1)

Preview of Mark Nickolas documentary film Nefertiti’s Daughters, featuring some of the most interesting street artists in Egypt. LOG LINE: Queen Nefertiti returns to join revolutionary street artists on the front lines in the fight for women’s rights and freedom in Egypt. SYNOPSIS: Nefertiti’s Daughters is a story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the […]

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