Reclaiming the Streets of Beirut Through Art

February 28, 2016



A Colorful Reminder of Beirut’s Scars of War

December 30, 2015

Lebanon’s civil war ended 25 years ago, but Beirut is still scarred by traces of the 15 years of violence that engulfed the country. One look at the old Holiday Inn in Beirut reminds every visitor to the Lebanese capital that this city was a warzone. Large holes from artillery and sniper...

Beirut’s Walls Showcase Lebanon’s Dilemmas

December 01, 2014

Graffiti artists in Beirut use the city’s walls to highlight Lebanon’s social and political issues. Lebanon has undergone drastic changes in the last decades, including a bloody 15-year-long civil war and massive reconstruction...

Albus Cavus: An Art of Social Responsibility

May 24, 2013

Peter Krsko, founder of Albus Cavus urban art collective from Washington DC, talks about the importance of art in developing local communities. The development of healthy communities in urban centers depends on active involvement of their members. One of the most effective ways to educate and...

The Berlin Canvas (Part III)

February 06, 2013

Yessi Bello explores the premise that graffiti is a valid form of political activism as opposed to a form of vandalism. The article outlines the reasons why graffiti should be considered as an art form serving as a political commentary of the time, using the Berlin Wall as a case study. This...

The Berlin Canvas (Part II)

February 06, 2013

Yessi Bello explores the premise that graffiti is a valid form of political activism as opposed to a form of vandalism. The article outlines the reasons why graffiti should be considered as an art form serving as a political commentary of the time, using the Berlin Wall as a case study. This...

The Berlin Canvas (Part I)

February 04, 2013

Yessi Bello explores the premise that graffiti is a valid form of political activism as opposed to a form of vandalism. The article outlines the reasons why graffiti should be considered as an art form serving as a political commentary of the time, using the Berlin Wall as a case study. This...

El Bocho: Signifying Violence

January 22, 2013

German street artist El Bocho talks about his latest project “Gewalt" and how he hopes to change society through art. “Gewalt“ (German for violence) is the latest project of Berlin based urban artist El Bocho. He has been doing street art for the last 15 years and is well...

Peintre X: Reframing The Streets

December 12, 2012

A new kind of street art introduced by Peintre X adds color to gray city streets. “I believe that art can be more than a collector’s item that can be bought and sold.” These are the words of a Munich street artist who has...

Street Art – The Fun Loving Criminals?

December 12, 2012

While street art is becoming increasingly more popular in the mainstream, artists still, more often than not, risk arrest and criminal charges, raising important questions about how we define and appreciate art. It is safe to say that all of us, at some point in our lives, have been exposed...

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