Arab Idol

  The Idol, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, is an Arabic film that captures the true story of Mohammed Assaf, and aspiring musician living in a refugee camp in Gaza (Palestinian territories) who sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program “Arab Idol” (IMDb). The motion picture expresses various …

I Love Revolution

Transculturality is defined as someone who has a cross-cultural understanding of their position within their location i.e. town, country. Transcultural citizenship is formed through the understanding that “the nature of social development can only be defined in terms of intersubjective dialogue” (McIntyre-Mills 4). Lebanon, Iraq, and the rest of the …

Voices from the Periphery

Music has long been a way for humans to convey messages, share ideas, and look critically at their own societies. Through examining popular music one is able to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the society in which the music is produced. Singers Shaaban Abd Al-Rahim and …

Pain With Every Stroke

Crammed into a tiny apartment barely large enough to hold a bed, refrigerator, and a bathroom, Yazidi artist Ammar Salim tirelessly works on his captivating art. Ammar is a native born Iraqi Yazidi. He is what remains of a diminished minority population of Yazidis that used to dominate the area …

Objective Contemplations

Objective Contemplations is an abstract demonstration of the complexity of the status quo. The word objective is defined as not being influenced by personal feelings or opinions. I find this interesting as art is normally an outlet for expression, a gateway for feelings. To contemplates means to look at thoughtfully. …

Princess Hijab

The identity of “Princess Hijab” is unknown, however the message and symbolism behind her work is clear as day. Princess Hijab provocatively adds veils to advertising billboards in Paris’ metro system using black paint and a sharpie. Known for creating the concept of “Hijabisation,” Princess Hijab considers her art to …

Street Art as a Form of Rebellion

Ganzeer is a nickname used by an Egyptian street artist who was born in Giza, Egypt. The Arab Spring sparked protests in all forms. Ganzeer (35) uses spray paint to illuminate old buildings and decaying walls. Through the artwork, he employs themes of terrorism, identity, and diaspora. Ganzeer’s pieces critique …

My Mother’s Language

It’s been twenty years since I last saw my mother                 1 She starved herself to death They say that each morning she would pull her headscarf off and strike the floor seven times                                              5 cursing the heavens and the Tyrant I was in the cave where convicts read …