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When the Walls of Cairo Speak: Post-Revolutionary Art/Graffiti

Douja Mamelouk, Assistant ProfessorCollege of Arts and Sciences - Modern Foreign Languages and Literature

On a trip to Cairo this summer, Mamelouk conducted research at the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies (IDEO) in the Abassia district. As she walked through the various crowded streets, she took pictures of the slogans, written mostly in Arabic but also in English. The importance of these slogans is in the fact that they narrate the major political and historical events that Egypt has experienced since January 2011. With the fall of the Mubarak regime on February 11, 2011—the date of his personal resignation announced by Omar Suleiman to the national and international media; the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) took over initiating the country toward free parliamentary and presidential elections. However, the images of the art/graffiti show the dissatisfaction with SCAF, the importance of writing the new constitution, and remembering the martyrs who died during the revolution and after.​

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