Contributor Bios

Rana Jarbou

Saudi-born Rana Jarbou has been researching and documenting graffiti and street art across 12 Arab countries since 2007, in search for a counter-narrative for the Arab identity and to give voice to society’s silent cries. She’s published essays in Arabic Graffiti and Walls of Freedom, and written about graffiti, underground cultural scenes and urban change for various online outlets. She led Al-Akhbar Newspaper’s new year (2012) special publication titled “Our Streets” showcasing graffiti of the Arab Uprisings of 2011. She participated in numerous regional arts & culture conferences and exhibitions and more recently Santa Cruz and Marseille. In Fall of 2013, she started the Social Documentation masters program at UCSC. Her ongoing project One Thousand and One Walls tells stories through walls across the Arab world