In this series, Bolo creates a selection of iconic Middle Eastern pop cultural figures are recreated, yet they refuse to be unrecognizable. Unlike ephemeral snapchat celebrities of today, these icons remain forever and defy obscurity.

The great Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum looks on from a bygone era of Arab secularism onto the viral antics of Saudi youth balancing on 2-wheeling Nissan Patrols. All while a verse from the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish connects the past with the present and reminds the viewer of the hopeful possibilities of the future: “We have on this land that which makes life worth living”

Umm Kulthum mixed with brands and a poem by Nayyira Waheed:
my first country.
the first place i ever lived.
- lands

Adel Imam.

Ya Marilyn.

Nancy and Fairuz.