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Rosie Meade and Mae Shaw

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340508

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340508.001.0001

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‘The people awoke awake’: observations from Beirut’s walls in the 17 October moment

‘The people awoke awake’: observations from Beirut’s walls in the 17 October moment

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(p.51) Four ‘The people awoke awake’: observations from Beirut’s walls in the 17 October moment
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Arts, Culture and Community Development
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Arek Dakessian

Célia Hassani

Sarah Shmaitilly

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340508.003.0004

In this chapter we reflect on street art in Beirut during the October 17 revolutionary moment, when a decades-long accumulation of social, political and economic ills culminated in unprecedented and sustained protest across Lebanon. Through our engagement with a series of murals, stencils and graffiti that emerged on Beirut’s walls around October 17, as well as numerous scribbles by anonymous citizens around these more formal works of art and on random public surfaces, we argue that street art might have mediated the formation of citizen subjectivities by ‘making public’ conversations, contestations and reflections previously restricted to the private and intimate spaces of home and family.

Keywords:   Street art, Graffiti, Public space, Subjectivities, Mediation

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