A War of Colors – Graffiti and Street Art in Postwar Beirut

Autor Nadine A. Sinno
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 2 apr 2024
Demonstrates the role of Beirut’s postwar graffiti and street art in transforming the cityscape and animating resistance.
Over the last two decades in Beirut, graffiti makers have engaged in a fierce “war of colors,” seeking to disrupt and transform the city’s physical and social spaces. In A War of Colors, Nadine Sinno examines how graffiti and street art have been used in postwar Beirut to comment on the rapidly changing social dynamics of the country and region. Analyzing how graffiti makers can reclaim and transform cityscapes that were damaged or monopolized by militias during the war, Sinno explores graffiti’s other roles, including forging civic engagement, commemorating cultural icons, protesting political corruption and environmental violence, and animating resistance. In addition, she argues that graffiti making can offer voices to those who are often marginalized, especially women and LGBTQ people. Copiously illustrated with images of graffiti and street art, A War of Colors is a visually captivating and thought-provoking journey through Beirut, where local and global discourses intersect on both scarred and polished walls in the city.
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ISBN-13: 9781477328743
ISBN-10: 1477328742
Pagini: 320
Ilustrații: 16-page color insert, 85 b&w photos
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 33 mm
Greutate: 0.65 kg
Editura: MU – University of Texas Press

Notă biografică

Nadine A. Sinno is an associate professor of Arabic and director of the Arabic Program at Virginia Tech, as well as a literary translator. She is the coauthor of Constructions of Masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa.


  • Preface
  • Introduction. Ḥarb alwān / A War of Colors
  • Chapter 1. Al-shāri‘ilnā / The Street Is Ours: Reimagining Beirut’s Visual Culture
  • Chapter 2. Anā shādh / I Am Queer: Challenging Patriarchy and Breaking Social Taboos
  • Chapter 3. Hadhā al-baḥr lī / This Sea Is Mine: Engaging Hazardous Environments as Toxic Politics
  • Chapter 4. Thawrit Beirut la kul al-‘ālam / Beirut’s Revolution Is for All the People: Animating the (Intersectional) Revolution
  • Chapter 5. Al-sha‘b al-sūrī ‘ārif tarīquh / The Syrian People Know Their Way: Articulating Regional Struggles beyond Lebanon
  • Inconclusions. Qabl ma mūt baddī Libnān / Before I Die I Want Lebanon To
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index


Demonstrates the role of Beirut’s postwar graffiti and street art in transforming the cityscape and animating resistance.