'Arabic Graffiti' is an Incredible Compilation from the Middle East

By: Christopher DeLuca - Published: May 5, 2011 • References: africasgateway and brainpickings.org
'Arabic Graffiti' is an exceptional compilation of the urban art form in various countries throughout the Middle East. 'Arabic Graffiti' is interesting in how it sheds light on how the counter-culture is alive in countries that it's not generally associated with.

Whether it's photos from the streets of Bahrain, scrawled messages on vehicles in Lebanon, or bleeding spray paint on walls punctuated with bullet holes in Palestine, the works of 'Arabic Graffiti' take the reader on a journey through how the form of street art is being utilized as a means of self-expression and empowerment in the Middle East.

The book brings together a range of artistic types and leverages the power of some of the scene's most prominent voices through their contributed essays.