Fayeq Oweis & Susan Greene

When students at the San Francisco State University voted unanimously to erect a mural representing Palestinian culture through the complex visions of artists Fayeq Oweis & Susan Greene, there was an immediate attempt at suppression. SF State President Robert Corrigan told board members the mural is conflict-centered and its focus is on international issues, not on pride in one's heritage. He added, "The proposed mural runs counter to values that we hope have taken deep root at San Francisco State, among them, pride in one's own culture expressed without hostility or denigration of another." After much activism and negotiations, the mural was finally inaugurated in November 2007.

Click here to listen to the artists explain the symbolism of the images within the mural...