Reevaluating Arab Stereotypes


In this day and age, it’s refreshing to see a positive perspective on a script that has the ability to cause unease in America. Political street artist Peter Fuss’ billboard pieces entitled This Means Peace were first placed at a railway station in Gdansk, Poland in January 2008. His works are immortalized on his website and are just as powerful, nearly four years later.

The two billboards, that Fuss posted his signature minimalist typography across, feature Arabic writing with an explained translation underneath that reads “This Means Love” and “This Means Peace.” The strength in the message of the simple black and white print is insurmountable due to the universally positive understanding of the terms love and peace. They signify a humanity that has always been present in the Arab culture, despite the overwhelming stigmatism of destruction that has been linked to the Arab community in the last decade. Fuss’ eye-opening work reevaluates social stereotypes and forces the viewer to reexamine their own ways of thinking.














Peter Fuss’ website via [This Isn’t Happiness]



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