some of Selim Mawad’s bulls

The stylized cows and bulls the artist Selim Mawad uses in his posters and street art can be seen in a number of places around Beirut, especially in central parts of the city where the protests of late 2019/early 2020 occurred.  This is one of them.

below: The series consists of nine panels of black and white illustrations with text in both Arabic and English.

a series of panels with black and white illustrations plus words in both Arabic and English, cows talking,

Enlargements of each panel

below: 1. We clean our public space and we clean our government.
2. Our bodies are waterproof. Your conscious is humanity-proof.

two of a series of panels with black and white illustrations plus words in both Arabic and English, cows talking,

below: Not enough to destitute them… We should hold them accountable.

one of a series of panels with black and white illustrations plus words in both Arabic and English, cows talking, cow in fancy suit with hands tied together

below: 1. Revolution is Freedom… Let him pass…  and go one with your revolution.
2. Shield your breath from pollution but not your face from Freedom…

two of a series of panels with black and white illustrations plus words in both Arabic and English, cows talking,

below: 1. Let us not say our last Chance… No! It is a first step towards Social Solution… and we are in charge…
2. Raise the awareness of our inner angry Bull to sustain our Revolt!  Discuss the constitution and amend it if we do not like it!

two of a series of panels with black and white illustrations plus words in both Arabic and English, cows talking,

below: From legitimate demands to structural change.. From legitimate revolt.. to social revolution…

one of a series of panels with black and white illustrations plus words in both Arabic and English, cows talking,

below: Please make way so we continue cleaning.

last panel in cow cartoon series

Casablanca, at Socrate et Ali Abderrazak

As you walk toward the intersection of Blvd Socrate and Blvd Ali Abderrazak the large murals there come into view.
a man walks along a wide sidewalk, walking towards buildings with large colourful murals

3 large murals at a Casablanca intersection, one in front is woman with many layered face

below: The mural in front is “Facing Forward” and it was painted by Moroccan artist Majid El Bahar; it was part of Sbagha Bagha, an annual street art festival in Casablanca.

large mural of womens faces in different horizontal stripes close up of eye in mural with satelite dishes on the building looking up at large mural from the bottom, womens faces,

The two murals behind the women were painted for Casamouja 2019.  This is an annual “urban art wave” and murals in 5 locations were/are part of this year’s event (between 20 Sept and 25 Nov).  The first location was at this intersection where there were 4 large murals.  Casamouja is a public programme started in 2016 for the promotion of street art in various districts of Casablanca.

In the middle is a mural of a man falling past a white, pink, and red background that was painted by OLDR

a large vertical mural by oldr of a man falling backwards past pink and white clouds. Falling with him is a blue dog, a car, and some logs

below: Falling past the laundry

mural of man falling part of a mural by oldr, a brown hat falling

At the back is a mural of cartoon characters by Moka

a mural of cartoon characters by moka,

a mural of cartoon characters by moka, Homer Simpson and Spongebob Squarepants

a mural of cartoon characters by moka in Casablanca, Inspector Gadget and Spongebob Squarepants

a kiosk covered with ads for coke products in front of a mural of cartoon characters by moka,

Just around the corner are two other murals that were also painted for Casamouja 2019.

below: A young man in football gear, by BAKR,

large mural by bakr of a young man in an orange blue T shirt holding a soccer ball or football, bottom part of mural is behind a fence

below: A mural titled “Back to the Past” by MED, aka Mehdi Zemouri

in a residential area of apartment buildings, a large mural by med in a residential area of apartment buildings, a large mural by med, closer look