There is no doubt that visual culture was a big part of the protest movements that swept across the Arab world starting in December 2010. In a fascinating lecture, Professor Charless Tripp examines the nexus of visual expression, power, and resistance in the Arab world. An important component of his lecture is to emphasize that the Arab Spring, while important, was not “year zero for Arab creativity”—artistic dissent has been a central part of Arab culture for a very long time. His discussion of the vocabulary of visual expressions of state power in the region is also quite interesting.
Tripp’s lecture is 54 minutes and available here.