Gaza Graffiti: Messages of Love and Politics

Overview

Graffiti began in Gaza in 1987, during the first Intifada, when there was no Palestinian television or radio in the Gaza Strip, and no newspapers: the messages that spread along the walls became an important means of communication. Over the years, all political groups have had their own graffiti artists. Scrawl is not tolerated—it has to look good. Hamas even offers evening classes in graffiti.

Documenting the writings on the walls of Gaza over a period of seven years, ...

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Overview

Graffiti began in Gaza in 1987, during the first Intifada, when there was no Palestinian television or radio in the Gaza Strip, and no newspapers: the messages that spread along the walls became an important means of communication. Over the years, all political groups have had their own graffiti artists. Scrawl is not tolerated—it has to look good. Hamas even offers evening classes in graffiti.

Documenting the writings on the walls of Gaza over a period of seven years, celebrated Swedish photojournalist Mia Gröndahl lays before us the many roles that they perform, the colorful and surprising range of their artistic expression, and their reflection of the changing political situation. And apart from political slogans, the walls bear witness too to joy and sadness: the wedding celebrations, the many victims of the conflict, and the ever present hope of peace and freedom. For us on the outside, Mia Gröndahl’s photographs offer an exciting and unexpected view of life in Gaza.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774163210
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mia Gröndahl is a Swedish journalist and photographer who has been based in the Middle East since 1996. After five years in East Jerusalem, she is now living in Cairo. During her years in the Middle East she has documented the lives of the Palestinians in numerous exhibitions and books. Some of the photographs in this book were included in her exhibition ''UNRWA and the Palestinian Refugees: 50 Years,'' which was inaugurated by Secretary General Kofi Annan at the UN headquarters in New York.
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