Thursday, 8 November 2012

Freedom to Reflect

from Facebook 'English jokes for Arabs'


etched on the horizon

Handsome, talented and full of promise
Egypt's youth today
RADICALLY good-natured, peace-loving and humourous
FUNDAMENTALLY free-spirited
EXTREMELY expressive
With always a little more to say

Individual identity, linked or separate from nationalism but always a step closer to the Universal.

Arab Autumn not Fall
 Peaceful Revolutions  Facebook:المرسم المصرى

Revolution Graffiti جداريات الثورة

Zamalek Cairo 
Photo by Maggie Osama

"Contemporary art in Egypt has been overwhelmingly influenced by the media since September 11, 2001, a shift that has only been intensified with the recent uprising in Egypt. The media’s focus on a Western construct of what it means to be Middle Eastern has put pressure on artists who are struggling to retain their individual identity, disregarding what the media dictates as stereotypical Arab art."
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“The current curriculum teaches artists to take Egyptian heritage and make it contemporary with new mediums,” he said. “As an educator, I see this as a very superficial depiction of what it means to be Egyptian. Not every piece of art needs to reflect where we have been as a society; it isn’t original.”

“Graffiti has become a language to address immediate and sudden feelings,” said El Noshokaty. “The energy from the street is projected on the walls in a way that is uniquely interactive, as anyone can add to it or erase it. This is a strong artistic statement that is contemporary at its very core.” 
Shady El Noshokaty

Graffiti in Egypt and Tunisia has been used as a popular form of expression during the revolution in the respective countries. (File photo)
No vandalism. No weapons. Just art.

At least that is the way revolutionaries who use public spaces see it. 
 By Arfad Al Janabi
Al Arabiya Dubai
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