The dreaded health disaster has not occurred in the Middle East, as in the Maghreb countries or in Africa, even if there is no indication that the coronavirus crisis is about to end and that the situation may still change, especially with the second wave that is once again raging in the region.
Ultimate libertarian and subversive mode of artistic expression, the street art experienced a spectacular proliferation during the Covid-19 pandemic. At a time when museums, theatres, concert halls and cinemas were forced to close, and when the world of art and culture was suffering the full force of the horrors of confinement, street art managed to sneak out, literally and figuratively!
Since mid-February, when the Iranian regime was slow to acknowledge the global spread of the coronavirus epidemic – and denounced «a plot by the enemy», in the double context of the celebration of the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on February’11 and the parliamentary elections on February’21- Iran, which remains one of the main global hotbeds of the Covid-19 epidemic, has been worrying its neighboring countries. They were quick to close their borders on 19 February, with the announcement of the first infected persons in the Middle East.
The appearance, in last December, of the epidemic due to a new strain of coronavirus, called Covid-19, and its evolution, in barely three months, into a pandemic swarming worldwide, is anything but a foreseeable event. However, a prospective study drawn up by the CIA presented, in November 2008, a detailed « scenario » whose developments espouse in an extremely disconcerting way the disturbing turn of events since the appearance of the first cases of Covid-19 in Wuhan, China!