Graffiti: The Walls of Egypt

On Mohamad Mahmoud Street
On Mohamed Mahmoud Street

 

Two months ago I visited Egypt (aka Um el-Donia) for the first time. While on the plane from Beirut I thought about the hassle I went through to get the visa. I thought, Egypt is one hour away from Beirut yet it took me 3 weeks and a pile of papers in order to be permitted to visit a place just one hour away from me. Later, in Egypt, I discovered that its even worse for Egyptians wanting to visit Lebanon; the requirements by the Lebanese embassy makes it impossible for low-income Egyptians to think about applying.

After the first few hours in Cairo the visa burdens were forgotten, three days later I was glad I took the hassle. While walking the streets of Egypt, from Cairo to Alexandria, my eyes didn’t stop scanning and registering the transformation of public space(s) post, the ousted dictator, Mubarak and the ongoing revolution. The abundance, depth, and aesthetic revolutionary expressions of graffiti got me hooked. Here is a selection of the many photos my camera-phone snapped while roaming the streets of Egypt.

 

 

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Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt
“Retribution or chaos” The Black Bloc on the walls of Alexandria

Alexandria Egypt
Not a graffiti just a nice smiley face selling Vendetta (or Bandeta as he liked to call it) masks at a protest in Alexandria.

Graffiti Egypt
“The revolution is ongoing”. The irony: after I snapped this picture my friends pointed at a sign that read “no photos, don’t get near a security location”. In the times of the dictator people were scared to death they would never have thought about getting close to this wall, but the revolution hit and broke all fear barriers. The symbolism of this graffiti is important, I think, it shows that people are no longer afraid of the security system. More, friends and friends of friends who attend protests were complaining that the last protest they been to they were not beaten up or able to attack the riot police. Wow

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt
“O slave: elect your master”.

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt
“The blood of the martyrs feeds hearts not pockets”. This one struck me deep. Its a verse from a song by El-Rass aka the best lyrical artist on the Arab hip-hop scene. here is the song:

 

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt
“We will not surrender” tagged on the Palestinian flag next to Tahrir. Occupied Palestine is present in the heart(s) of the Arab revolutions. In my opinion the Arab revolutions will settle in Palestine. The emancipation of an age old oppressed people across the Arab region will return Palestinians back to their land and end the israeli apartheid.

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt

Graffiti Egypt
“We are not sheep”

Graffiti Egypt
“O stupid regime understand my demand: freedom, freedom”.

Graffiti Egypt
“Syria the pride of the nation”.

Graffiti Egypt
“The Bahraini revolution will Triumph”.

graffiti Egypt
“Beneath you there are people who need hope if you don’t need it leave it to them”.

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