Political Stenciling with Bahia Shehab

Artist talk and mural painting

10 Dec 2016
13 Dec 2016

Mediamatic and Framer Framed invited Lebanese-Egyptian street-artist Bahia Shehab to create a brand new calligraphic graffiti wall at Mediamatic Biotoop. In order to celebrate her coming to the Netherlands, to receive the 2016 Prins Claus Award, she demonstrated her workings during a live stenciling session and introductory talk.

You will find the mural at the waterside and harbour of Mediamatic Biotoop.


Bahia Shehab Political Street Art -

Artist Talk

On Sunday 11 December Bahia will by giving a short artist talk about the state of graffiti in Egypt after the revolution in addition to showcasing some of her own work.

Mural & Participation

The mural will be created on the wall of Mediamatic Biotoop, next to our harbour and terras. If you want to participate in the making of the mural you can send us a message via facebook.


Bahia Shehab Crush flowers -

A Thousand Times No

Bahia Shehab became a political activist during the Arabic Spring when she decided to transform her earlier research and exhibited art project about Arabic calligraphy into graffiti in the streets of Cairo. Her street art features the arabic script 'No' together with different political claims such as "No to violence" and "No to military rule", always linked to cases of abuse performed during the protests. Especially iconic is the "blue bra" which Bahia started spraying after a woman was stripped of her clothes and beaten by the police - exposing the blue bra underneath.

“You can crush the flowers, but you can’t delay spring."

The artist is continuing her research about historic Arabic calligraphy as a PhD candidate at Leiden University, pursuing to create an encyclopaedia of the Arabic script. She takes an active role now of inspiring our young generation by teaching and mentoring students of the Arts Department at the American University of Cairo. There she developed a design curriculum that focuses on Arabic visual culture and how to maintain this heritage in our modern world, which for example lacks in diversity of especially Arabic digital fonts.


Prins Claus Award

For the past 20 years, the Prince Claus Fund has honoured visionary artists and organisations for their excellent, pioneering work in culture and development. On Thursday 15 December, HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands will present the 2016 Prince Claus Award to graphic designer, artist, educator and historian Bahia Shehab. The Prince Claus Awards Ceremony will be held in the presence of members of the Dutch Royal Family at the Royal Palace Amsterdam. This is an invites only ceremony.Go here to see the other lecturates and full jury report.

Political Stenciling with Bahia Shehab
Live Stencilling: Sat. 10 (12:00 - 18:00) - Sun 11 + Mon 12 December (10:00 - 18:00)
Artist introduction: Sun.11 December 17:00
Free Admission

Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam