Articles by Safa Samiezade'-Yazd

Egyptian hip hop trio Arabian Knightz.  Photo courtesy of the artists.

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | The Year of Accountability: 2012 in 10 Music Videos

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | The Year of Accountability: 2012 in 10 Music Videos

Columnist Safa Samiezade’-Yazd looks back on music videos of 2012 that spoke to the spirit of Arab uprisings.

Photo Credit: Rowan El Shimi via Flickr

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | Talkin’ ‘Bout My Revolution

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | Talkin’ ‘Bout My Revolution

Safa Samiezade’-Yazd on the power of protest signs and the concise, author-less slogans they bear.

Photo courtesy of Rowan El Shimi via Flickr

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | The Dictator Will Be Tagged: Power, Revolution Graffiti and the Deconstructed Superhero

Revolution 2.1

Revolution 2.1 | The Dictator Will Be Tagged: Power, Revolution Graffiti and the Deconstructed Superhero

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Wall at Central Square, Cambridge, 2008

Revolution 2.12: The Revolution Will Not Be Veiled

Revolution 2.12: The Revolution Will Not Be Veiled

Safa Samiezade’-Yazd looks at female identity in Middle Eastern art through “the one object that encapsulates and defines the average Muslim woman” to Western eyes: the veil.

Photo by Reza Hakimi;  www.facebook.com/ahmadrezahakimi.

Revolution 2.12, Part II: Gender in the Middle East Cause

Revolution 2.12, Part II: Gender in the Middle East Cause

Samiezade’-Yazd responds to Egyptian-American writer Mona El Tahawy’s controversial article “Why Do They Hate Us?” published in Foreign Policy magazine this week.

Cairo: Tank Versus Bread Biker and Sad Panda, by Egyptian graffiti artist Ganzeer

Revolution 2.12: This Year’s Arab Spring as Told By Its Art and Music, Part I

Revolution 2.12: This Year’s Arab Spring as Told By Its Art and Music, Part I

In the wake of the Arab Spring, Middle East region artists are learning to abandon fear and work for safety of expression in burgeoning public spaces.