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In Photos: The Remembrance of Art and Revolution

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In Photos: The Remembrance of Art and Revolution

On the 11th anniversary of Egypt’s January 25 revolution, emotional tides that are often buried with the mundane busyness of time resurface again. Between feelings of anger, frustration, pride, and longing remain one unwavering emotion, remembrance.

The revolution, led by the desire to bring hope, freedom, and justice, was a watershed in the history of Egypt. The streets of Cairo transformed into a canvas that emanated political expression for years to come with murals and graffiti.

The art expressed was complex, raw, and, most importantly, honest. It depicted the long-silenced words and documented events that unfolded throughout the past. Revolutionary art became the center of human connection and dialogue. It was a documentation of resistance, mourning, and hope.

The demolition of the art in efforts to ‘cleanse’ and remodel the streets of Cairo ensued the collective forgetting of the historical changes that unfolded. However, the relics of the revolution remain alive through the remembrance of its politically expressive arts. Through the nostalgic remembrance and hopeful longing, we can keep its memory alive.

 

Mohamed Mahmoud Street | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy| Flickr
Martyr Belal, Youssef Gindi Street | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy | Flickr
Mohamed Mahmoud Street | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy | Flickr

 

“The life of an Egyptian worth a quarter of a pound.” | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy | Flickr

 

Mohamed Mahmoud Street | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy | Flickr
“What will you do on the 25th of January 2012.” | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy | Flickr
Youssef Gindi Street | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy | Flickr
Tahrir Square | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy | Flickr
Mohamed Mahmoud Street | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy | Flickr
Mohamed Mahmoud Street | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy | Flickr
Tahrir Square | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy | Flickr
Falaki Street | Photo: Hossam el-Hamalawy | Flickr

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Farah Rafik is a graduate from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a dual degree in Multimedia Journalism and Political Science. After being an active participant in Model United Nation (MUN) conferences both locally and internationally, Farah discovered her love for writing. When she isn’t writing about Arts & Culture for Egyptian Streets, she is busy watching films and shows to review. Writing isn’t completed without a coffee or an iced matcha latte in hand—that she regularly spills. She occasionally challenges herself in reading challenges on Goodreads, and can easily read a book a day.

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