The Freedom Theatre give young people in Jenin a chance to see some potential in themselves. They turn prospective suicide bombers into actors. They are waging a cultural intifada. In doing so, they make enemies among both the Israelis and muslim extremists. Three years ago, a founder of the theatre, Juliano Me Khamis, was assassinated.
Euan Air photographed the graffiti of the Arab Spring. One photograph was of a mural of various leaders, covered in messages which were arguments. It was like a message board on the street. In another, a wall had ben constructed to block a street which led to a government building. Artists had painted a street scene on the wall. It was funny, satirical and optimistic. Later the painting would be blacked out by the effects of petrol bombs. A third shot was of the names of people who had died in a battle, where they fell.
Gary Yong, aka Enforce One, is a kiwi street artist who has relocated to Dubai. In New Zealand, street art started as graffiti art and then went legit. In Dubai, he thinks it will happen the other way around. Dubai needs street art, like Glasgow needed a great novel before anyone could imagine the city in an artistic way.