Art “Operation Salam”, a 1.3-kilometer peace mural
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“Operation Salam”, a 1.3-kilometer peace mural

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Emanuele D'Angelo

ASHEKMAN is a collective originally from Beirut in Lebanon founded by twin brothers Omar and Mohamed Kabbani.
The collective has become a platform for the twins to fight social and political injustice and extremism that feeds false propaganda about the Middle East.

Together, as always, they decided to give life to “Operation Salam“, where a giant word “Salam” was painted in Arabic calligraphy on 85 roofs of buildings, a 1.3 km long work of art that can be seen from space.

Salam, which in Arabic means Peace, denotes a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relationships. The objective of this initiative is to spread a positive message to the world and of great hope for all the Arab people.

“Being born in the Arab world can be challenging, it can impede one from even daring to dream. The political situation, corruption, and the wars that fire up every now and then can demotivate anyone and put them in a state of hopelessness. For others, however, this grim image can be the drive to do something about it. We always sought to do exactly that. With our platform, we decided to fight the status quo in our way and on our own terms. We took language, more specifically, Calligraphy, the very essence of Arab culture (after all, it’s what makes Arabic… Arabic!)” the artists said.

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Written by Emanuele D'Angelo
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