Tag: egypt

December 8, 2012 / Arab Artists in a Revolution

In the early days of the 2011 revolt some young Egyptians found themselves at the beginning of their military service. While in Tahrir square and on the streets the winds of change blew away a dictator, in the barracks soldiers knew little of what was going on outside and what their fate might be as soldiers.  Would they be deployed to the streets to confront ordinary citizens? Do they still answer to the same president or is there someone new? The questions were many and the information was scarce.

December 4, 2012 / Arab Artists in a Revolution

We’re at the nearby art gallery speaking with a talented and kind-hearted painter who is struggling to fully explain his project in English.  After a few minutes of explanation and some translation he turns to us and says “Why don’t you come to Nasser City…

November 28, 2012 / Arab Artists in a Revolution

The issue of domestic abuse is a huge yet unspoken problem in Egypt.  Despite all the stories of the great social liberation that is taking place on the street when it comes to self-expression and liberty, at home women are still beaten by their husbands. Between the social acceptance and the legal indifference of this terrible tradition,  it would seem to be an extremely difficult reality to overcome.

November 25, 2012 / Arab Artists in a Revolution

It’s almost 1pm on a Friday  and the normally jam packed streets are quiet and strangely empty. Many are taking part in Friday prayers, and on this the day after the big speech by President Morsi where he announced new sweeping powers for himself while…