Sounding Walls

Since the uprisings, protesters, activists, and artists have taken their talents and opinions to the streets, the very locus of resistance. There, cement walls are most suitable for the creation of images. As blank canvases, they are continuously marked by brush stroke, spray paint, writing, and drawing. Some mural paintings remain and are expanded, while others are whitewashed, in the process generating further images.

Public art has exploded throughout the Arab World as a way of asserting presence and reclaiming power. This form of expression is a battling ground that serves as an alternative media site to induce social change or to commemorate the loss of life. Murals thus incite action, recall the past, and envisage the future. Through both text and image, they also are designed to share stories and to speak of people’s struggles for freedom and democracy.