Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings

Image: No, and a Thousand Times No by Bahia Shehab 

The original run of this exhibition at AANM was Nov. 8, 2013 – Feb. 9, 2014 in the Lower Level Gallery, since traveling to multiple venues across North America (listed below).


The creative vitality of the continually evolving uprisings commonly referred to as the Arab Spring is captured in this immersive multimedia exhibition. Freedom of speech merges with artistic expression to capture the anger, elation, frustration and hope of these revolutions through call-and-response chants, graffiti, video, blog postings, cartoons, music, photography, posters and even puppetry.

This exhibition was guest curated by Associate Professor of Islamic Art Christiane Gruber of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and Nama Khalil, artist and anthropology Ph.D. student at UM.

May 6 – June 4, 2016
Pelham Art Center
New York, NY

April 5-28, 2016
Alwan for the Arts
New York, NY

Feb. 1-26, 2016
McGill University
Montreal, Canada

Sept. 10 – Dec. 23, 2015
MIT Wolk Gallery
Cambridge, MA

June 12 – Aug. 6, 2015
Jerusalem Fund Gallery
Washington, DC

Jan. 22 – March 6, 2015
Al Bustan Seeds of Culture/Bryn Mawr College
Philadelphia, PA

June 5 – Aug. 23, 2014
Mizna/Intermedia Arts
Minneapolis, MN

Made possible in part by

  • November 8, 2013 - February 9, 2014