Monday, September 16, 2013

Pictures of an unfinished revolution

Pictures of an unfinished revolution
Graffiti in ancient Egypt was a spontaneous art form, often used for recording historical events. It can be found on the walls of pyramids, temples and tombs.
Today's graffiti in Egypt is used to express the political turmoil the country is undergoing. Many of the graffitis are in the Tahrir area, as this was the scene of both revolutions, in 2011 and in 2013. Most of them are political statements, mocking either the past regime(s) or the present one. There is also a whole series of portraits of people who died in the 2011 revolution – a constant reminder. 
Some walls have been whitewashed several times but the artists don't give up, the graffitis reappear very soon.
And the revolution is not finished in Egypt.

(c) Emese Benko
Cairo, August 2013