Egypt’s Walls Painted With Tributes To Women: Revolutionary Street Art

Pro-revolutionary graffiti in Zamalek , Cairo.

Graffiti of “the girl in the blue bra” in reference to the woman stripped of her veil and beaten in December 2011 by officers during a protest.

Stencil graffiti :”we are all Egyptian women”. This Arabic word specifically means ” dont’ categorize me, meaning don’t judge me based in my outfit.”

Mural of Samira Ibrahim, who was forced to undergo virginity tests in March 2011. The soldiers surrounding her bear all the face of the doctor whom performed the tests and who was acquitted by a military court.

“The lady of the girls” is written under this stencil graffiti depicting a women wearing a tear-gas mask.In Arabic the words “Sit al Banat” is a title given to a beautiful girl or a compliment given to a young woman.This graffiti is to salute female protesters who courageously participated in the demonstrations.

Stencil graffiti saying “hey, Military Council: Aktay is Eibak without a mask” .Aktay and Eibak are two military figures from the middle ages who ruled Egypt. They were both Mamelouks.

Pharaonic women figures by artist Alaa Awad represent Egyptian women who led movements for social change in Egypt’s history and the role of women in the Revolution today.

Young man on Mohamed Mahmoud street walking in front of mural by Shaza Khaled and Aliaa El Tayeb representing a Greek protester dancing with a ballerina.

A powerful graffiti by artist Alaa Awad on Mohamed Mahmoud street showing a breastfeeding woman in ancient Egypt attacked by hyenas . Artists as Awad combine historical events and Egyptian people’s current social struggles to create powerful visual messages.

“Egypt, you won’t perish, you have been called by your name, you have been resurrected”.Taken from the “Anne” Papyrus in the British museum.

Egyptian women in front of Port Said massacre mural on Mohamed Mahmoud street representing some victims of this event of February 1, 2012 that left 79 football supporters dead.

This graffiti portrays Samira Ibrahim and says”you will not be able to break me.”

This graffiti by artist Keizer is inspired by Soviet style placards. The words say “be afraid of us government.”

“Women with gas tanks” by artist Hanaa El Degham depicts the hardships of Egyptian women fetching for gas tanks to cook for their families in a post-revolutionary Egypt. On the gas tank of this graffiti is written the word “change.”

“Long live free Egypt” written under a stencil graffiti depicting Samia Gamal an actress from the fifties who was also a famous belly dancer.

Detail of the graffiti on Mansour street titled “Tomorrow” painted by artist Zeft and his friends to show hope that better days will come on a street that witnessed much violence. This graffiti is on one of the seven concrete walls build downtown by the SCAF.

“Women with gas tanks” by artist Hanaa El Degham depicts the hardships of Egyptian women fetching for gas tanks to cook for their families in a post-revolutionary Egypt. This is a detail from Degham’s “pyramid of crisis” mural on Mohamed Mahmoud street.

Detail of “pyramid of crisis” by artist Hanaa El Degham is a mural depicting the ongoing social crisis in a post-revolutionary Egypt.

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This collection of photos was put together by the curators of Egyptian Women of the Revolution. The title of this set is “Pro-revolutionary graffiti depicting women found on Cairo streets in 2012.

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