Art April 28, 2010 By Nana Asfour


Left: Kamel Yahiaoui, La Libanaise: ‘Warkou Alassfar’, 2008, Private Collection Right: Shirin Neshat, Guardians of Revolution, 1994, Private Collection

     The chapters explore the inspiration and interest behind the art: Arabic calligraphy, literature, Arabic music — which saw its heyday in the 1950s with the likes of Umm Kulthum and Abdel Wahab — nature, identity, and, of course, war, which has plagued the region throughout the past century. Artists have responded to this complicated an unhappy history by representing fighters, oppressors, and victims in a range of idioms, and with varying degrees of directness,” the book notes.

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