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Illustrations Inspired By Political Controversy

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.”

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.