Egyptian artists fight to take back the streets
In response to the ruling military’s decision to wall off several streets around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the Egyptian artists group Revolution Artists Association took matters into their own hands (and brushes), creating a perspective painting that mimics in exact detail the appearance of the street behind the barricade.
The trompe-l’oeil painting known as “No Walls Street” and other examples of graffiti art throughout the city center have been employed as non-violent means to protest the rule of the military leaders who have seized power in the Egyptian capital, as well as the human rights violations—such as forced “virginity tests”—that continue to be perpetrated upon the citizenry.
Despite the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party in recent parliamentary elections, the ruling military council continues to assert its authority. Vows issued by the generals in power that they will relinquish control, at least in part, by the end of June have been met with skepticism by much of the Egyptian population.
With the first round of presidential elections scheduled for May 23 and 24, and the newly elected president scheduled to assume office by June 30, the civil unrest in Egypt appears to be far from over.
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