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Women RisingIn and Beyond the Arab Spring$
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Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479846641

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.001.0001

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On the Contrary

On the Contrary

Negation as Resistance and Reimagining in the Work of Bahia Shehab

(p.185) 20 On the Contrary
Women Rising

Andy Young

NYU Press

In this essay Andy Young features the artist Bahia Shehab, whose work has been a vital part of the thriving art of graffiti in revolutionary Egypt. Bahia Shehab’s “One Thousand Times No Project” began as a study of representations of the word “no” in Arabic script over the past fourteen hundred years and evolved into spray-painting those negations in stenciled graffiti on the walls of Cairo’s city streets as a form of protest. Revolutionary graffiti by Shehab serve to bridge Egypt’s long and storied history with its contemporary events, break down barriers between class, literacy levels, and gender by depicting work accessible to all, and show the women’s fight for justice as part of the larger struggle.

Keywords:   Bahia Shehab, revolutionary Egypt, graffiti

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