War on Walls is a photography project by Genevieve Hathaway to document the extraordinary street art, created in and around Cairo’s Tahrir Square during Egypt’s Arab Spring revolution. The intense social and political unrest prompted street artists to voice their points of view through art on walls near Tahrir Square and across Egypt. Street art was a defining feature of the Egyptian revolution: raising awareness of political and economic issues, pressuring the regime and governing bodies for change, injecting dark humor into turbulent times, and providing a visual memory of important events and individuals. The emerging street art movement was a creative expression of the Egyptian people’s frustration and desire for freedom, as well as a way to physically reclaim space in Cairo as belonging to the people rather than the government. In creating these photographs, Genevieve intends to show a different side to Egypt’s Arab Spring revolution – the ability of art to change individual’s perspectives and impact larger social movements. This exhibit tells the story of Egypt’s Arab Spring through some of the most beautiful, expressive and iconic wall images ever created.
The exhibit is open 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM daily until February 15, 2015. There is no cost of admission.
Genevieve will be formally presenting her work at the World Affairs Council event, “Revisiting the Arab Spring.” For more information, and to register for this event, click here.
Learn more about this project War on Walls at http://waronwalls.com and learn more about Genevieve Hathaway’s photography at http://genevievehathaway.com