“Struggle is one… The borders are dust…”

Thursday November 1st, 2012

Art as legacy. The American University in Cairo student artist who created this art lost his life in 2011 along with at least three others.

The revolutionary wave of protest that began in the Arab world in early 2011 is still unfolding almost two years later in countries like Syria and Bahrain. Dictators have fallen in Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, and Egypt and the long, winding road toward democracy in these countries has begun.

In times of societal change, it is often artists who step forward to tell the story. Having spent the last several weeks in Egypt, Artistic Director Barrie Mowatt was deeply moved by many of the evocative images adorning the buildings and walls in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The images below provide little more than a glimpse into Egypt’s Arab Spring as seen by the artists on the ground, but are enough to give you a sense of their impact. Several of these artists died in the protests, by sniper fire and/or police brutality. “The site of the protests, seeing burned out buildings, and viewing these wall paintings, sent shivers right through me,” Mowatt notes. “Very reminiscent of the North American civil rights marches of the 1960s.”

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"We are proud of the Prophet Mohamed"

A creative memorial to one of the revolution's victims.

It is in places like Tahrir Square where the Vancouver Biennale’s 2013-2015 theme “Open Borders/Crossroads Vancouver” becomes a venue for dialogue.


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