No to Fascism. No to Hatred. No to Racism. No to War.
During the Egyptian Arab Spring in 2011, former Shangri La artist-in-residence, Bahia Shehab, realized that her research on the Arabic script for the word, “no,” had a higher purpose. Channeling the Arabic phrase, “No and a thousand times no”, she created and spray-painted several artworks declaring “No” on the streets of Cairo to serve as calls for change and justice.
Beginning on Indigenous Peoples’ Day and running through to the US Presidential Election, a special exhibition of four No artworks by Shehab is being projected on the makai (seaward-side) walls of Shangri La: No to Fascism; No to Hatred; No to Racism; No to War. During an election year defined by the coronavirus, by division, isolation, loss and racial injustice, Shehab’s work offers a stark reminder to US voters that elections also decide the fate of the American ideals and values. These projections complement Shehab’s art installation exploring indigenous resilience, My People, currently on display in the Banyan Courtyard at Shangri La. Taken together, Shehab’s exquisite and provocative artistry leans into today’s most urgent conversations - from Columbus to the White House.
Please note: Shangri La is temporarily closed to the public. This outdoor exhibition is only viewable from the ocean and shoreline.
Bahia Shehab was an artist-in-residence at Shangri La from August 9, 2018 - August 22, 2018.