Street art in Beirut

Photos of Beirut Street Art

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.

Political and Social Street Art in Beirut, Lebanon

Political and Social Street Art in Beirut, Lebanon

Political and Social Street Art in Beirut, Lebanon

Political and Social Street Art in Beirut, Lebanon

Political and Social Street Art in Beirut, Lebanon

Political and Social Street Art in Beirut, Lebanon

Political and Social Street Art in Beirut, Lebanon

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5 comments to Photos of Beirut Street Art

  • Andrea  says:

    So many of these look like stencils, which is interesting. They are all powerful – the last one especially caught my eye.

    • The Working Traveller  says:

      Most are stencils. The last one is taken from Snow White 2: The Revenge (tag line: Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the most dangerous of them all?).

  • Deb  says:

    Wow, that one of Snow White with the Machine Gun is quite the statement. All photos are quite powerful. It reminds me how lucky we are not to have to live in such unrest. Thanks for sharing these.

    • The Working Traveller  says:

      The Snow White one is certainly the most eye catching. The only other place I’ve seen such politicised graffiti is in Belfast. Deirdre grew up near and studied in the city and she and the Lebanese would sometimes lightly joke with each other that their home cities were twinned.

  • Beiruti Bingo | The Working Traveller  says:

    […] Spot a gun-toting Disney Character Beirut is covered in politicalised stencilled art. The most striking is this one of Snow White. […]

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