street art from tunisia

Not only did the Jasmine Revolution of 2011 spark political change, but it also brought forth a boom of new artistic and cultural expressions and production. Such new performances have become more popular as talented individuals and groups demonstrated their skills in the public sphere. This has taken different channels and modes of expression that have emerged in the streets, such as spray painting, graffiti,wall writings, tagging, murals, live music, dancing, public shows, theater, and other art forms. The wide expansion of these spontaneous performances amidst the political uprisings has helped to retrieve public space from the dominance of the authoritarian regime, opening it up as a free exhibition space that incorporates all sorts of artistic demonstrations. Many artists saw this revolutionary moment as crucial for transitioning into a new democratic era in which art is not only an aesthetic act, but rather as an arm for democratization. Building on this, one could observe the political characteristics of most of those revolutionary artists who believed in the power of art in instigating significant changes in society. The issue of committed art raises again the debates between those advocated artists and intellectuals who are approaching art as something which should have a message or a clear political position.