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War on Walls: Egypt’s Arab Spring Street Art, An Alternative Form of Media focuses on Egypt’s Arab Spring street art movement — the role it played in the famous uprising and the impact this art movement has had on the Egyptian people. This presentation is based on Genevieve’s project to study and document, through photographs, Egypt’s Arab Spring street art. The intense social and political unrest of the Arab Spring prompted street artists to voice their points of view through art on walls near Tahrir Square in Cairo and across Egypt. Street art was a defining feature of the Egyptian revolution: raising awareness of political and economic issues, pressuring the regime and governing bodies for change, injecting dark humor into turbulent times, and providing a visual memory of important events and individuals. The street artists’ work featured revolutionary slogans, criticisms of the government, portraits of government figures, tributes to martyrs, comments on social issues, and depictions of key revolutionary events. The emerging street art movement was a creative expression of the Egyptian people’s frustration and desire for freedom, as well as a way to physically reclaim space in Cairo as belonging to the people rather than the government. This presentation discusses important examples of this extraordinary art movement. This talk aims to convey not only the craft of these artists, but also the messages that inspired the street artists to express the soul and dreams of the Egyptian peoples’ revolution. These murals tell the story of Egypt’s Arab Spring through some of the most beautiful, expressive and iconic wall images ever created. Available in 20 minute, half hour, one hour formats.
Presentations and Lectures:
- “War on Walls: The impact and incorporation of ancient Egyptian iconography in the Arab Spring street art.” The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE). University of Washington, Seattle, WA. 3 December, 2015. Time TBD.
- Opening Speaker. “War on Walls: Egypt’s Arab Spring Street Art Movement.” Revisiting the Arab Spring, World Affairs Council; Seattle, Washington. February 2015.
- War on Walls: Egypt’s Arab Spring street art movement. St. Marks Cathedral; Seattle, WA. January 2015.
- War on Walls: Egypt’s Arab Spring street art movement. Oregon State University; Corvallis, Oregon. March 2014.
- “Egypt’s Arab Spring street art, an alternative form of media;” Social Media and Political Change in Latin America and the Middle East Conference; Brown University; Providence, RI. October 2013.