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Detail of an untitled mural by students at the Fine Arts Academy. Zamalek, Cairo.
The 25 January Egyptian Revolution opened the floodgates for a wave of street art, which had been impossible under Mubarak’s regime, where the Ministry of Culture controlled all public expression. The eighteen days of mass revolts that finally toppled the stagnant regime of President Hosni Mubarak became an emotional earthquake for the country. Decades of oppression and despair suddenly were turned into optimism, a newborn vitality and energy, allowing people to explore new freedoms -- including the right to make art freely.
Revolution Graffiti: Street Art of the New Egypt by Mia Gröndahl (American University in Cairo Press, 2013).