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 curated graffiti and street art of the Arab uprisings of 2011 for Al-Akhbar Newspaper’s new year (2012) special publication “Our Streets.” She participated in numerous regional arts & culture conferences and exhibitions and more recently in Santa Cruz and Marseille. In June of 2015, she received an MA in Social Documentation in UCSC’s Film & Digital Media. She currently works as a freelance documentary maker and is writing a travelogue/ethnography on graffiti in the Saudi kingdom. Her ongoing project One Thousand and One Walls tells stories through walls in Arab worlds.
2005 – 2006 University of Reading. Reading, U.K.
1999 – 2003 American University, Washington, D.C.