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Ian Alan Paul


Resisting Tear Gas Together

[Tear gas fired by police in Istanbul, 11 June 2013. Photo by Eser Karadag, via Flickr.]

You are never quite able to forget the first time you are teargassed. If you’re fortunate, you see the tear gas first being deployed and have enough time to make sure you avoid the canisters’ ballistic paths (police often aim for your head when firing them). Immediately after, the loud hiss of the gas pouring out of the cans drowns out every other sound while white clouds rapidly fill the air and engulf you, obscuring your vision and forcing their way into ...

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Ian Alan Paul



Ian Alan Paul is a transdisciplinary artist/theorist currently living between San Francisco, Barcelona, and Cairo. He is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is currently part of the faculty at the American University in Cairo. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Jadaliyya, Art Info, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, Art Threat, and C Magazine, and has been exhibited in universities and galleries around the world. He can be found on twitter @ianalanpaul