Bordering Israel and with its own multi fragmented political scene, it should come as no surprise that the most politicised street art I have noticed was found in Beirut.
I don’t go around looking for such things but I have had a soft spot for stencilled street art ever since I lived in south London. The Tooting Bec chapter of a Peruvian political group was particularly active in painting small clenched fists on blank white walls in the streets around my home.
I had no idea then of the complexities of Peruvian politics and won’t pretend to understand all the messages behind the art in Beirut but some clearly invoke the Israeli/Palestinian issue while others are more concerned with social issues such as drinking and drugs.
Most of the following art is found on the walls and pavements around the American University of Beirut.