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MOCAtv Series Features Palestinian Street Art

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Global Street Art, the newest MOCAtv series to hit YouTube, turns to the world of Palestinian graffiti in its latest episode. Featuring the work of artists Hafez Omar, Areej Mawasi, Majd Abdel Hamid and Hamza Abu Ayash, the five-minute clip explores the use of street art as a means of communication in Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority, and beyond.

The street artists take turns explaining their own struggles with freedom of expression and how the expanding medium has helped them to establish their political beliefs and showcase their artistic talents in the public realm.

“In the first Intifada it was more about conveying political messages than being aesthetically pleasing,” says artist Hafez Omar. “Today, however, there is more aesthetic quality to the murals.”

Watch the video above and let us know what you think of the shift in the Palestinian street art movement in the comments. Want more? Check out last week’s episode on Libya’s graffiti scene here.

Read the original post at Huffington Post Arts for a great slideshow of Palestinian street art.

 

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