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Beirut's lively graffiti scene paints political commentary in broad strokes

A new book explores how graffiti artists in Beirut skirt limitations on expression to share political criticism in the streets.

BEIRUT — Beirut's alleyways and streets are peppered in bright, detailed and provocative graffiti. Street artists use the medium, which exists in a legal grey area, to express their identity and give voice to political frustrations.

Lebanon’s street art and its political roots are the subject of a new book “Drawing Lines,” launched on Oct. 25 at the museum and cultural center Beit Beirut, followed by an Oct. 31 exhibition of the artists and photographers featured.

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