When Art Is the Weapon: Culture and Resistance Confronting Violence in the Post-Uprisings Arab World

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This article examines the explosion of artistic production in the Arab world during the so-called Arab Spring. Focusing on music, poetry, theatre, and graffiti and related visual arts, I explore how these do-it-yourself scenes represent, at least potentially, a return of the aura to the production of culture at the edge of social and political transformation. At the same time, the struggle to retain a revolutionary grounding in the wake of successful counter-revolutionary moves highlights the essentially religious grounding of committed art at the intersection of intense creativity and conflict across the Arab world.


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  • University of California System
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • Visual Arts


  • Arab Spring, revolutionary art, Tahrir Square
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277-1313
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch