AraBooks | Bahia Shehab – You Can Crush the Flowers: A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution
The Department of Arabic Language and Cultures presents
AraBooks: Literature, politics, society and the arts from the Middle East and its diasporas
You Can Crush the Flowers: A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution
Professor Bahia Shehab (The American University in Cairo)
Bahia Shehab is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, political activist and historian whose work focuses on the interaction and intersection of modern identity and ancient cultural heritage. Her imaginative combination of calligraphy and Islamic art history produced cutting edge, beautiful, impactful street art during the Arab Spring and continues to inform her work as an educator and designer. A Professor of Design at the American University in Cairo, a Rockefeller and Ted Fellow, she has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, such as the Unesco-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture, the Prince Klaus Award, and the Jameel Prize.
You Can Crush the Flowers is one of her recent books, art visual history, part memoir, You Can Crush the Flowers is a chronicle of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath, as it manifested itself not only in the art on the streets of Cairo but also through the wider visual culture that emerged during the revolution.
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AraBooks is a seminar series curated by the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures. It hosts a series of talks by scholars, writers and artists whose scholarship and artistic productions focus on the Arab World, the Middle East and its diasporas. Each semester we explore a thread through the discussion of a series of books and in conversation with their authors.
The thread of Semester 2, 2021 is: Gender and Politics in the Arab World
See our upcoming talks (AEST/AEDT Sydney time):
- 4 Nov, 4–6pm: Liyana Kayali – Palestinian Women and Popular Resistance: Perceptions, Attitudes and Strategies (Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon 2021)
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