Resource Title

A thousand times no


Art historian Bahia Shehab has long been fascinated with the Arabic script for ‘no.’ When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, she began spraying the image in the streets saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence.

Resource Details

  • Author: Bahia Shehab
  • Publisher: TED
  • Country of Publication: Egypt
  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 5:53


While listening to her talk and looking at images of her art work, its hard to not be reminded of the infamous British street artist, Banksy.

Her style, in that she uses stencils to spray political messages on the walls in Cairo, is akin to his – however there is something much more to hers. Is it because she is a woman?; because she has one very important message: “No, A Thousand Times No”?; or maybe because she is speaking for a people?

Watch the video and see for yourself…

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