Born in 1977, Bahia Shehab is an artist, art historian, designer and a specialist in Arab-Egyptian-Lebanese writings.
When the Egyptian revolution broke out in 2011, Bahia Shehab protested in her own way, taking to the streets and spray-painting the word “No” around Cairo. During this time she discovered that there were several different ways to write the word “no” in contemporary Muslim culture and started to create artistic stencils to represent the current conflict, including “No to a new pharaoh”.
Her work was shown around the world and also made an appearance in the 2015 documentary, Nefertiti’s Daughters. In 2010, Bahia Shehab published a book A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif, and was selected by UNESCO as one of the most accomplished women speakers of that year.
In 2011, Bahia Shehab created a graphic design program for the American University of Cairo, which focused on visual culture in the Arab world. She has taught more than 14 classes on the topic.