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Bokja / Artistic Interventions
The map of the Arab Fall interweaves imported jeans as a backdrop for the sad reality of an Arab world where imported fads and fast foods have replaced the timeless traditions and native delicacies. Iconic imagery, such as the flying elephant, serves as a reminder of all the inane slogans that have been forced upon generations of an incredulous citizenry across the region.
The map of the Arab Spring uses an antique rug for its foundation, representing the core values of the Arab culture that should be the bases of any new beginning. Like discarded political ideals, the rug is in a dilapidated state and in need of resurrection, yet the designers have embedded a sense of optimism and rejuvenation through a variety of visual icons, including a woman riding a horse on the path to a new and unknown world.