Category Archives: Street Art Fascination

Ode to Alexandria – Where it all began

Definition of irony: I lived almost twenty years in Alexandria, but it was only after I moved to Cairo and started writing about graffiti that I found all threads leading me back home. It seemed that everyone I spoke to … Continue reading

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Street Art and Morsi – Cairo Artists Continue the Fight

It feels like I keep writing the same post over and over again: images of sexual harassment, police violence, military violence, more martyrs, young martyrs, poems and tributes to martyrs, satire against Morsi, against religious and political hypocricy, against censorship … Continue reading

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Art in The Streets: Videos on Beirut, Palestine, Tripoli and Cairo for MOCATV

It’s not every day that total amateurs get the chance to make a video for a contemporary art museum, but that’s exactly what happened to me when Jeffrey Deitch, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, emailed … Continue reading

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Graffiti for a Social Cause: Zeft, Nazeer, Nemo and Mona Lisa Brigades

Egyptian graffiti artists are doing more than just painting art on street walls, they’re creating social awareness campaigns against corruption, media brainwashing, poverty and sexual harassment, and also using graffiti to beautify slum areas of Cairo to restore a sense … Continue reading

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Women in Graffiti: A Tribute to the Women of Egypt

It’s a battle, being a woman in an Arab country, but perhaps the dire conditions makes us fighters. Since January 25, so many foreign reporters have waxed on about the awakening of Arab women in the Arab Spring; and how … Continue reading

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Return to Tahrir: Two Years and Graffiti of the Martyrs

It was my first time to walk through Tahrir after three months away from Egypt, and I don’t quite know why I was so bewildered and shell-shocked. Perhaps it was the heaviness of the atmosphere in the square, the squalid … Continue reading

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Graffiti in Palestine: Female Street Artist from East Jerusalem and Rockets over Gaza

I wanted to post this later, but given the IDF’s current military operation against Gaza now with dozens of civilian deaths just last night alone, the artist Areej Mawasi asked me to post this in order to shed light about … Continue reading

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Egyptian Graffiti Artists Exhibit Around the World

The past two years have given good exposure to the Egyptian street art scene. With increasing international media focus on graffiti artists – I’ve lost count of the number of print articles, news shorts and documentaries made – comes increasing … Continue reading

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For the Love of Graffiti: Cairo’s Walls Trace History of Colourful Revolution

This article was originally published in The National on August 18. I’ve republished it here to include some of my favourite images of graffiti over the past 20 months. A street artist once told me: “Graffiti is the one tangible … Continue reading

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Beirut Graffiti: Quirky, Colourful Street Art in Lebanon

This is definitely not meant to be a comprehensive post on all the graffiti in Beirut, nor am I going to pretend that I know what I talk about, because milling around the neighbourhood of Hamra for one day should … Continue reading

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Tripoli Graffiti: Revolution Street Art in Libya

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit Tripoli during Libya’s first democratic National Congress elections in 40 years since the downfall of the Gadafi regime.

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The Presidential Elections – Revolutionary Graffiti Continues

Eighteen months on, their names are forgotten. They’ve become numbers, over a thousand people who died bravely and innocently, shot dead, electrocuted, beaten and tortured by police and soldiers who – 18 months later – are either found innocent or … Continue reading

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Writing About Graffiti in Cairo- One Year On

If this post comes across as offensive, arrogant or downright nasty to anyone, I apologise in advance; I literally woke up on the wrong side of bed and pulled a shoulder, so I’m cranky; plus this matter has been on … Continue reading

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Street Art on Mohamed Mahmoud – Photos

Mural by Shaza Khaled and Aliaa El Tayeb, who studied at the Luxor Faculty of Fine Arts. The mural is inspired by a photo-shopped image of a protester in Greece dancing with a ballerina.

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AUC and the Port Said Mural – A Personal Plea

A funny thing happened outside the AUC on Mohamed Mahmoud Street last Thursday. As a group of onlookers, including journalists, photographers, documentary makers and myself, watched Ammar Abo Bakr, Alaa Awad and several other artists diligently work away on a … Continue reading

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