“Oh government, drawing is not a crime.”
Egypt’s official announcement that it’s looking into a draft law to ban “abusive” graffiti on public and private buildings angered graffiti artists in Egypt. The move was, of course, marketed as one aiming to preserve the streets’ civilized appearance after “walls were distorted.”
According to the current government, distorted walls and targeting public taste refer to the wave of graffiti that has filled walls for the past two and a half years.
This wave continues as it’s become an artistic echo of the country’s politics. Of course, the military rule and the violations it’s committed got their share of criticism via graffiti.
The truth is, graffiti has become directly linked to political activity. It has become a dedicated form of expression - even in the most populist and bizarre of its situations - as it reflects an energy that exploded in the Arab world.
Before the revolutions
Graffiti has become directly linked to political activity. It has become a dedicated form of expressionDiana Moukalled