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Mariam Rasheed

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Mariam is a spoken word poet from Alexandria, Egypt. She moved to Berlin by the age of 18 in 2015. Having been a heavy consumer of poetry since as long as she can remember, but never producing any herself, Berlin gave her a gift Alexandria couldn’t offer her: a reason to believe she too could be a writer. Growing up, as an Arab girl, she was always told what she couldn’t be, but rarely what she could. The words bottled up inside her found their way out in brush strokes. Abstract painting was her life and what she thought would always remain her go-to form of expression. What’s the threat of speaking without words? A pool of colours, harmonious and beautiful in its composition could be seen as whatever its viewer demands it to be. How many will view it as a revolution? Mariam still juggles paintbrushes and allows dry paint to crack on her skin, but poetry now is her loudest scream.


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