Since October, a wave of anti-government protests has swept across Iraq. The protesters represent a cross-section of society and, unusually for a traditionally patriarchal country, women have taken a leading role.
Their prominence is celebrated in murals which have sprung up across the capital, Baghdad.
Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, epicentre of the protests, has been transformed into a hub of creative defiance.
I won’t repost the photos so you have to go to the link to look at them all. They’re gorgeous.
One of the most frustrating things about the post-9/11 discourse was the half-assed discussion on cable news about “the Arab world” as if people aren’t, you know, people, and don’t want the same things. It’s regressive and colonialist and racist, and all you have to do to disprove it is look at what people have done with the spaces given them. Give people a surface, and we’ll paint you one hell of a picture.