Illustrations Inspired By Political Controversy

Aug 28, 2014

When Kuwaiti artist and graphic designer Mohammad Sharaf gets angry, he creates art.

His illustrations touch on topics ranging from women’s rights in the Middle East, and Kuwaiti social politics to specific current events, like Saudi Arabia’s recent decision to allow women to drive motorcycles and bicycles as long as they are accompanied by a male guardian. He uses simple backgrounds and a limited color range to convey a clear message with a sense of humor and satire.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Sharaf about his approach to illustration and his new exhibit on view at UNC-Chapel Hill’s FedEx Global Education Center, “Visual Reactions: A View from the Middle East.”