Graffiti Art in Mar Mikahael, Beirut // Some notes on the politics of gentrification

These are a few pictures taken at the Mar Mikahael train station, where I attended the MEGA MENA Games conference last month as part of my research for a second book project on the politics of gaming. There was a long wall outside the entrance to the conference space featuring a number of really incredible works of graffiti by artists in Beirut. In researching and trying to think through the politics of the conference space itself, I came across this essay by Marieke Krijnen in Jadaliyya, which explains some of the issues surrounding the gentrification of the Mar Mikahael neighborhood, and how the area is marketed by real estate developers as an 'authentic' and conflict-free space.