This book release party is a collaboration between artist and writer Alan Ket and Revolution Books. Ganzeer, one of the artists featured in Walls of Freedom will be at the bookstore to sign books.
Friday, June 27, 6:30pm
‘Walls of Freedom’ tells the story of the art that appeared on Egypt’s walls over the past 3 years starting January 25, 2011. The Arab Spring saw an unparalleled explosion of graffiti and street art but few in the West know anything about it. Striking images transformed Egypt’s walls into a visual testimony of bravery and resistance to the ruling authorities — including Mubarek, the army, Morsi and the Islamic fundamentalists — tracing the journey from the early days of hope and inspiration to the decline into today’s nightmare. Spanning Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor, the book is a document of the volatile and fast-shifting political situation there. Walls of Freedom was created in collaboration with artists on the frontlines of the battle, and it documents how they converted the streets into a dynamic newspaper of the people which countered the brainwash in the mainstream media. It includes haunting photographs of key events captured by acclaimed photographers and activists.
“Walls of Freedom” is a big beautiful book that tells the story of what this gigantic upheaval in Egypt looked like on the ground — page after page of astonishing images which have since been almost completely erased from the walls.
The book was curated & edited by Basma Hamdy and Don Karl. Foreword by Ahdaf Soueif, Booker prize finalist, novelist, political & cultural commentator. An international Indiegogo campaign helped fund the publication (Publisher: From Here to Fame, May 6, 2014). Walls of Freedom is a large hardcover book (240 pages) and includes hundreds of color pictures. All words in the artwork have been translated into English.