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EXHIBIT: Beirut Speaks
Start Date: 11/7/2013 All Day
End Date: 11/30/2013

Event Description
“Beirut Speaks”, a photography exhibit by Jaime Alyss Holland, will be on display beginning November 7th at Coco’s Lebanese Café, located off Dickson Street in Fayetteville (509 W Spring Street #220).  An opening reception will be held from 6 PM to 8 PM on November 7th.

“Beirut Speaks” is a mélange of photos that chronicles the contemporary street art scene in Beirut, Lebanon. During field research in Beirut during summer 2013, Holland encountered a small but significant group of street artists that have developed their own unique style of street art, distinguished from Western and European graffiti, and based on Arabic letters and Arabic calligraphy. This style, referred to as calligraffiti, is claimed to be the first of its kind in the world. 

Jaime Alyss Holland is a Cultural Anthropology Masters student specializing in the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon, art and aesthetic, and popular culture. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from Arkansas State University in 2010 and works as a free-lance designer and founder of Overjoyed Art and Design. The title of her thesis is "Beirut Spoke" under the supervision of Dr. Ted Swedenburg; her research addresses the appropriation of Arabic calligraphy and script in graffiti and graphic design in Lebanon, as well as discussing how this street-art is provocative reaction to sectarianism and other socio-political topics. This summer she undertook research in Lebanon as a recipient of the Summer Research Grant from the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies.
Location Information:
Off Campus
Contact Information:
Name: Nani Verzon
Phone: 479.575.2175
Email: mest@uark.edu
Lebanese Street Art
Attachments For This Event:
    > Beirut Speaks Flyer
Admission Information:
This exhibit is free and open to the public. Prints of the photography will be available for a reasonable price, and will be professionally mounted.
Other Details:
For more information about the exhibit, contact Jaime Alyss Holland at 870-995-2069 or jaime.alyss@gmail.com

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