Arab Artists in a Revolution
A mission to get inside the liveliest minds and spirits of the Arab Spring from Tunis to Cairo with a stop in Lebanon. By their films, poems, songs, novels and stories, we can learn much about what’s going on from these inspiring observers.
We went to Egypt looking for artists to reflect on a revolution. I came back thinking of the ongoing mass revolt in Tahrir Square as itself something like a dark, living work of art, a collective version of Picasso’s “Guernica.”
BEIRUT: Artist-historian Greg Buchakjian argues that continuous warfare since 1945 is the Middle East's real problem, and "revolution" hasn't deflected it.
BEIRUT -- Barbard Massaad could persuade you that if cooks and musicians ran Lebanon and the world, we'd be living hearty and harmonious lives, within our budgets, too.
Three guys in a cafe in Cairo talk about the "heavenly gift" of Tahrir square and the culture of fear, cynicism and despair that still hangs over it.
Egypt's revolution in Tahrir Square was fired by art, both ancient and digital, as painter Khaled Hafez explains: tomb paintings at Twitter speed.
Egypt's post-modern novelist Nael El Toukhy says the private and public lesson of revolution is: there's nobody behind the curtain of authority.
khaled Abol Naga is the Hollywood handsome Egyptian movie star who has come to embody the revolution in "the best of times... worst of times."
Egypt's best-selling novelist Alaa Al Aswany helped break the Mubarak regime. He says now the US is helping reinstate dictatorship.
Heba Morayef, guardian angel of human rights and decency through Egypt's stumbling revolution, considers the persistent threat of official thuggery...
Ganzeer’s work looks more considered, more beautifully executed, older, newer, more political, more universal than anything new I can think of. Part of the fun of his work, specially this cat, is the element of old “Pharaonic” Egypt about it: the semi-sacred cat who symbolizes freedom and endurance, not to mention the Egyptian tradition of formalist painting on the walls of tombs.