Architecture and the Arts
English edition  
Feb  2013
208 pp.
435 color photographs 
Paperback
24X21 cm
$34.50
LE200
ISBN 978 977 416 576 4
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Revolution Graffiti

Street Art of the New Egypt Mia Gröndahl

A visual celebration of the art and artists of the walls of the new Egypt, by the photographer of Gaza Graffiti and Tahrir Square

The Egyptian Revolution that began on 25 January 2011 immediately gave rise to a wave of popular political and social expression in the form of graffiti and street art, phenomena that were almost unknown in the country under the old regime. Mia Gröndahl, the photographer of Gaza Graffiti: Messages of Love and Politics and Tahrir Square: The Heart of the Egyptian Revolution, has followed and documented the constantly and rapidly changing graffiti art of the new Egypt from its beginnings, and here in more than 400 full-color images celebrates the imagination, the skill, the humor, and the political will of the young artists and activists who have claimed the walls of Cairo and other Egyptian cities as their canvas. From the simplest hand-written messages, through stencils and martyr portraits, to the elaborate murals of Mohamed Mahmoud Street, the messages on the walls are presented in themed sections—Revolution & Freedom, Egyptian & Proud, Cross & Crescent, Martyrs & Heroes—punctuated by interviews with some of the individual artists whose work has broken fresh ground.
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Mia Gröndahl is a Swedish journalist based in Cairo, and the photographer of In Hope and Despair: Life in the Palestinian Refugee Camps (AUC Press, 2003), Gaza Graffiti: Messages of Love and Politics (AUC Press, 2009), and Tahrir Square: The heart of the Egyptian Revolution (AUC Press, 2011).

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“In Revolution Graffiti: Street Art of the New Egypt, Mia Gröndahl showcases work that she came across on the walls of Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and elsewhere over the past two years. Some compositions were meant as documentary . . . Others are polemical . . . But many works are more subtle, reflecting Egyptians’ sly sense of humor. One piece consists solely of a chessboard with the king tipped over: the sort of devilish, underhanded visual blow calculated to drive any strongman crazy. It might also serve as a reminder to the new pharaohs setting up shop in Cairo that Egypt’s spray-paint wizards are still on the streets.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Offers a full and vibrant look at street art in Egypt . . . the art in this book stands as convincing evidence that a watershed moment has passed and that the cultural freedoms that have been gained won’t easily be given up.”—Blouin Artinfo

“Mia Gröndahl’s Revolution Graffiti charts the emergence of a powerful art movement that has spread across Egypt’s city walls with a heady mix of passion and optimism.”—Tristan Manco, author of Street Sketchbook: Inside the Journals of International Street and Graffiti Artists (Chronicle Books, 2007) and Stencil Graffiti (Street Graphics / Street Art) (Thames & Hudson, 2002)

“Mia Gröndahl documents the graphic wonderland of Egypt’s streets.”—Egypt Today

“Revolution Graffiti is a vibrant and comprehensive montage of the graffiti community over the past two years and includes everything from simple hand-written messages to stencils and portraits of martyrs and elaborate murals decorating on Mohamed Mahmoud Street.”—Egypt Independent

“[A] beautifully produced testimony . . . of over 430 images and a collection of interviews with artists who have established leading, original work. . . . Gröndahl’s simple writing style provides a very accessible introduction to the artwork, as does the layout of the book.”—Middle East Monitor "An informed and informative body of original and seminal research, "Revolution Graffiti: Street Art of the New Egypt" is highly instructive reading and a welcome, recommended addition to academic library reference collections and Contemporary Egyptian History Studies supplemental reading lists."—Library Bookwatch

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