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Street art in Egypt blossoms

Over at The Arabist, Ursula Linsey writes that street art in Egypt, which to her knowledge wasn’t prevalent before the revolution this year, has really taken off around the country:

It’s not just the scrawls of “Down with Mubarak” that remain as reminders of that first surreal morning when we all woke up to a city whose reality had been shattered. Street art in in full bloom today, ranging from beautiful murals to stencils of martyrs to clever visual jokes and swipes at the military council.

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Now the latest issue of the literary magazine Akhbar Al Adab is dedicated to the phenomenon. As is this excellent Facebook group, where you can spend hours perusing snapshots of clever, moving, ephemeral works from around the country.

I followed her advice and checked out the Revolution graffiti Facebook group she links to, and although I couldn’t understand some of the graffiti because it is in Arabic, there are many very creative and powerful images that don’t require any knowledge of the language. I’d definitely recommend checking it out if you have the chance.