art of resistance, Lebanon

Yazan Halwani | Immeuble Noueiri.

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Yazan Halwani’s new mural is painted on a building previously destroyed by the Civil War located on Beirut’s Greenline – the former frontline of the Civil War splitting Beirut into the Christian East and the Muslim West.

Part of Beirut’s public cultural memory, the mural depicts Tarek Noueiri (Muslim boy) and May (Christian girl, whose family took refuge in West Beirut) sharing cotton candy; from Ziad Doueiri’s classic West Beirut movie.

The mural is a reminder of Lebanon’s post-war settlement: a political system built on sectarianism and business interest that blocks true national cohesion.

The persistence of the current political class in fueling sectarian grievances and obstructing the rule of law reflects in the ever-growing government debt, absence of basic services and limited civil rights.

Case in point, 27 years after the end of the Civil War, with the absence of civil marriage Tarek and May would not be able to get married if their story had continued (…in the way I imagine).

//For more info & inspiration, see Halwani’s Facebook//

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art of resistance, Iran

The magical universe of Tehran’s street art(ists).

Mehdi Ghadyanloo is an Iranian street artist. He has been painting murals and deocorating the walls of Tehran for a long time now (quietly, in the night, since it is an illegal activity). He got his MA and decided to show his art, to paint it on the walls – all over Theran. Now – he has painted more than 100 walls in Tehran. His beautiful artwork can be seen on the walls, fences, buildings, playgrounds, and presents topics such as the life cycle, childhood, and old memories of Tehran in a unique and often very colorful way. It’s a great artistic intervention and presence, and I wish to see more walls like this in other cities and countries.

Enjoy.

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9a52f1d67c3af601383a6024120c742aall photos © Mehdi Ghadyanloo

For more of Mehdi’s artwork, visit Behance.net.

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