Category Archives: Signs, Graffitti and Cartoons

This category is for murals, graffiti, signs and cartoons of any kind.

Shirat HaSticker (The Sticker Song): the multiple voices within the Israeli community

Shirat HaSticker (“The Sticker Song”) is a song by the Israeli Hip-Hop band, Hadag Nachash. The songs title is a reference to the source of the song lyrics; all the lyrics are taken from bumper stickers or popular slogans (with … Continue reading

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Zahra’s Paradise

Zahra’s Paradise is a graphic novel created by an American-Iranian human rights activist, journalist, and documentary filmmaker named Amir who has lived and worked in the US, Canada, Europe, and Afghanistan. The editor of the graphic novel is Jewish, while … Continue reading

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Flowers of Revolution

Ali Farzat is a Syrian political cartoonist who is well known for his satires of Arab rulers and authorities. Out of the cartoons that we discussed in class, I particularly liked the one of the tree and flower. Cameron and … Continue reading

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Ali Farzat and the Syrian Regime

Ali Farzat’s cartoons are characteristically printed without captions. This feature allows him to critique authoritarian regimes more generally, but it also allows the reader to interpret for his- or her-self where the cartoon takes place and, I believe, leads to … Continue reading

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Shame in the Syrian Revolution

For this blog post, I was really struck by the fact that we, as a class, seemed to be fairly unsure as to how we ought to interpret the above cartoon. After considering it for a while, though I can’t … Continue reading

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The Evasive Power of Facebook

When we were analyzing Ali Farzat’s cartoons in class, I found the two featuring Bashar Al-Assad himself particularly interesting.  These cartoons evoke themes similar to that of his other work, such as the government’s empty promises of reform and the … Continue reading

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Egyptian Graffiti: Keizer

I read Uprisings in Translation, the blog of a friend and Tufts alumna living in Cairo, in which she translates and discusses the graffiti she sees around the city.  Recently, she met with street artist Keizer to talk about his work … Continue reading

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Free Speech and Censorship

We’ve been viewing and discussing many images about the Arab Spring and political cartoons, but what does it all mean? What exactly is free speech and what is the difference between the cartoons drawn by Ali Farzat and Danish JP … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Barriers

While browsing the internet the other day I came upon an article called “Egypt artists “reopen” street by graffiti protest”, published by the Houston Chronicle.  It is about the emergence of graffiti in Cairo on the concrete barriers set up … Continue reading

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Resistance and Solidarity in Palestinian Graffiti

Palestinians used graffiti for political, social, informative, and aesthetic purposes. On the separation barriers, graffiti was done by Palestinians and internationals in protest of the wall (although much of it was created by the latter). Away from the wall, graffiti … Continue reading

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