The politcs of street art in Yemen (2012-2017)\ An academic article by researcher: Anahi Alviso Marino

This abstract is taken from the research ..



In 2012, as a continuation of street politics developed in places like the antigovernment sit-in in Change Square in Yemen’s capital Sana’a, a small number of visual artists incorporated dissent, transgression, and civil disobedience into their artistic practices. Such is the case of Murad Subay, the painter who initiated the series of street art campaigns analyzed in this article. This case allows us to study the intersections of space, contentious politics, and artistic practices, interrogating how visual expressions located in the streets reflect a vivid political public sphere, understood as a site of critical debate and interaction. Furthermore, it introduces a series of dynamics that make of these campaigns something more than a site for production and circulation of discourses critical of the state. Street art campaigns in Yemen are thus explored sensitizing devices for political awareness. ”

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“Murad Subay” an article by the amazing Lydia Noon, in the printed magazine “New Internationalist”



“Do you think art can increase global awareness of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis?
Art is often used to send powerful messages, especially when it discusses the issues that concern people. Art can be understood globally; it is a universal an peaceful language. For this reason, I believe that using this medium to highlght the ‘forgotten’ Yemeni crisis and conflict might help in getting some of the attention that we need.”

New Internationalist, Murad Subay
New Internationalist, Murad Subay