Friday, 20 April 2012

Resist Rise Revive ~ RESPECT

The essential four 'R's in Egypt today, with the fourth 'R'~Respect~ being one that dominates the positive and the negative in the 'Resisting, Rising' and 'Reviving'
 "Resist Rise Revive
lest you be erased"
"قاومي وإنهضي،قبل أن تنقرضي ..."
With bare backs exposed, a stronger statement is made than the actual painted on words would seem to make~ Artistic expression faces one of two choices every time it steps out of current cultural comfort zones: Should it risk being criticised or snuff itself out?
Presentation form, even though seemingly aesthetic, appears to divide opinion.There are those who feel conformity sets the highest standards for a society and that any deviation from that, even the slightest, will inevitably  lead to lewdness and moral decadence~ with bare backs on display signifying only inevitable further nudity to come. Content is thus overshadowed. 

Others however believe that breaking through commonly perceived boundaries has the power to free the spirit.   
With FGM (female genital mutilation) being openly promoted by one or two high profile candidate figures, the presiding emphasis among enlightened minds lies upon asserting the rights of the female form. When the above image is perceived to be inexcusably indecent its very message of respecting 'woman' is unfortunately entirely lost.

"An insult to revolutionary Egypt"by Mona Eltahawy  

The paucity of decent candidates in presidential elections highlights the lack of choice facing Egyptians

Read more:
Mia Grondahl

Guns appear to have taken on yet another attribute in today's climate.  Now it appears as a symbol of might through notions of determination and resistance interwoven with respect.
The gun in the mural above appears to 'shoot out' doves rather than shoot them down; it may be seen as the very antithesis of what it would normally represent.  
A very strong statement of peace and freedom is being made

Return to Palestine
At the heart lies the key~
This image evokes a yearning for a solution to a problem ~ to all intents and purposes~ dismissed for so long.

وليد إدريس 
                                                                                                                                                            Waleed Idrees

Posters submitted by SariEn and SaraH 

Article link submitted by Belle

Top image through misc / facebook

Monday, 16 April 2012

UNLIMITED..... Expression ..

This subtitled video reflects effortlessly what true protest in Egypt is all about~ in essence
There is no expiry date to this perspective.

The people are for the people
Together we climb, completing 
one another. 
Remain steady.

الشعب للشعب ...

مع بعض طالعين ..معديين ..مكملين  ... إثبت.
Whilst clinging on to their voice and freedom of spirit, Egyptian citizens desperately try to find something to anchor themselves to before the crusher descends yet once again. 
Confusion is the foremost common denominator among all Egyptian citizens. 
Farcical developments on all fronts keep controversy, debate and casual banter rife. 
The hidden 'game set and match' reveals itself only a glimpse at a time, just sharp enough to raise a little more contentiousness, alarm and befuddlement. 
This is how children have come up with a new playground game called 'Thawra' Revolution.
They chant: الشعب يريد   إسقاط المشير 'The people want:~ Down with the Field Marshal '
The people are in it for the long haul and the young generations have an awareness as never encountered before about rights, freedom and all that separates these values from anarchy and despair. 

Reminiscent of Pierrot
                a sadness runs deep                 
 City Band~ Voice of the People
Marwa Farid

Monday 16th, Coptic Easter: Egypt celebrates 'Sham el Nessim' - Smell the Spring!  
These two trees are trying to survive among asphalt and pollution. 
Mia Grondahl 2012
Street Art from Fagalla Quarter, Cairo.
links submitted by N.Elkouni & SaraH