La’eb Al Nard

There are few better ways to kick off a day than with Mahmoud Darwish. Save perhaps an animated version of a his poetry set to music by Le Trio Joubran: Animated by Nissmah … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Writing on Walls in Tripoli

An interesting piece on the murals by artist Hayat Chaaban, in Tripoli, Lebanon, who has harnessed the medium to inspire, challenge and change the society around her. Hayat’s work draws on Fairouz and Gibran … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Murals, Meanings, Mexico

Street art is a key medium through which protest narratives are channelled and in Mexico, Colectivo Lapiztola has been at the creative forefront of a series of powerful works around Oaxaca and Tijuana: … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Baghdad Short

A beautiful short by Julian Simmonds, Nikon UK Videographer of the Year 2014: Cafe Shabandar is 2 minutes and 22 seconds of sublimity in which the ordinary becomes the exquisite, as … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Some Scenes from Haifa

With just a few hours in Haifa and only one to spare, Haifa didn’t disappoint in terms of graffiti, highlights being pieces by Tant and Broken Fingaz:

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment


Tomorrow I’ll be heading up to Haifa to interview Salman Natour, author of Memory Talked to Me and Walked Away (among many, many others). As I revisit his works, I am … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 1 Comment


This week marks my third month as an honorary Wassenaarian and though pictures have been taken, they flop at doing the Institute, and its surroundings, justice. Verbal accounts are either fantastical (“It’s Rivendell-on-Sea!”) … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 3 Comments