A little more than a year ago, radical political and social changes in the Arab world were triggered by a series of mass uprisings and demonstrations. At times bloody, the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt were only the start. Gaddafi’s fall in Libya followed, as did unrest in other countries of the Maghreb and Mashreq. Civil war-like conditions still prevail in Syria today.
Social networks as well as the many films of these major protest movements and the ensuing violence have contributed substantially to the perception of these uprisings in the Arab world. Pictures from Tahrir Square in Cairo have already become a part of our collective visual memory.
With all the controversy surrounding the publication of offensive cartoons in France, there is an alternative to the anti-Islam xenophobia, an exhibition of work by Arab artists in light of the Arab Spring. Described by Le Monde as art that “has more meaning than most modern work”.