Safa Samiezadé-Yazd illuminates graffiti's role in the Arab Spring tonight at the DAM
Just as American graffiti art comprises a variety of styles, techniques and intent, so does its Middle-Eastern counterpart -- but that's just scraping the surface of these art forms. Their differences begin with what's most basic to the medium: alphabets and hand-strokes as unlike as East and West. And while American graffiti may be politically driven, modern Arabic graffiti-writing covers a Middle-Eastern map of insurrection and uprisings.
Photo by Dennis Bocquet, taken in Tunis. Creative Commons license through Flickr.
"Just as rap became the soundtrack to the Arab Spring, graffiti was its canvas, an open-ended graphic novel of sorts, an illustrated history where the silenced could finally articulate their voices, their situations, their identities," writes Asian Media arts editor and scholar Safa Samiezadé-Yazd in an article for Art21 Magazine.
Samiezadé-Yazd will share her knowledge on the subject tonight at the Denver Art Museum in a slide lecture, "Spraycan Calligraphy: Graffiti Art from the Middle East," presented by the museum, DAM Contemporaries and the Asian Art Association. Hear her elaborate from 7 to 9 p.m. on the lower level of the DAM's Hamilton Building. Tickets are $10 to $15; find information at the Denver Art Museum online.
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