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Cairo, revolution street art in photos.

“IN PHOTOS” is a series I will use to share many of the hundreds of photos I have taken during my travels. It is a series I have thought about for a while now, but did not want to start until I got back home from my trip. However after spending a week in Chefchaouen, Morocco I couldn’t wait any longer. “IN PHOTOS” will not have a set schedule like my “MUSIC MONDAY” or “PHOTO ROUND UP” series. “IN PHOTOS” will be a post with several photos with no limit. The only restriction this series will have is that it must be about a certain subject or theme. I will write a brief paragraph or sentence describing the subject or theme of the photos and then post the photos. I will label the photos (if you hover over them with your mouse you will see the label), but I will not caption the photos like I do on my blog post or on “PHOTO ROUND UP” with my thoughts. I want to use “IN PHOTOS” to share my photos and let you come up with your own thoughts about the images and hope you share them with me.

Before I started traveling I never gave street art much thought. I would look at it and say “okay cool” and walk along. Now however I love street art so much. Why? Because it is one of the most beautiful ways of expression people who do not have a voice in a city to express themselves. I have been able to take many photos of some amazing street art around the world and actually have drafts for a few cities like Amsterdam, Ibiza and Athens ready to publish in the future. I haven’t yet because I have so much to share now and will save those for when I am home. The street art in Cario though, I couldn’t save for when I got home. It is some of the most expressive art I have come across that I think the world should see NOW. During my time in Cairo I have visited Tahrir Square on many occasions and seen many amazing things. Every time I go back it’s different it’s never the same… the only constant is the atmosphere of aliveness and hope in the air.

Many streets converge into Tahrir Square and one of them is no longer a vehicle street. It is blocked off by huge bricks and now basically a pedestrian walk way. Along this street are many white walls that artist have now taken over to express themselves. You will find all types of street art, from tags to actual art. I want to call a portion of this wall “The Martyrs Wall” because along it you will find many images of Egyptians who have died in the name of FREEDOM, HOPE & CHANGE for their country. I spent an entire afternoon photographing these images and even after taking hundreds every time I go back I find more and more street art added. What the people of Egypt are expressing is self explanatory in the image below. As the revolution continues… their voices will too and I hope you share their message. Take your time as you go through the art and feel what they are expressing and going through.

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Comments

  1. Amazing street art! Wish I could read Arabic so that I’d understand everything it says.
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  2. Thank you for all you’ve shared about Tahrir Square and the surrounding streets. It’s so important to share through words and photos what is happening around the world, especially sharing stories that don’t get shared on TV or in big publications (at all or as often).
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      Your Welcome Heather. I think that it is needed to share a different side to what the news puts a huge spin on. It’s interesting to see things for hand and see how wrong the news has it. Glad I can share just a tiny bit of what is going on in Cairo.

  3. Jamie benitez says:

    Speechless! You captured the images so well. To be honest,I never think to pay attention to street art. After this,I definitely will. Although Houston street art probably doesn’t compare lol. Keep up the awesome work Jaime. Your talent is in my heart.

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Thanks Jamie… as for street art you should give it more thought. I know I used to not, but now I do so much more. As for Houston… I am sure its got some amazing street art. I know when I go back I’d love to go searching for some.

  4. So interesting to see that Che stands as a universal symbol for revolution and freedom.
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      Oh I know Ayngelina, CHE is all OVER the world. I don’t know much about him, but can’t wait to learn more about him once I settle down a bit. He is really every where.

  5. I remember seeing “Fuck SCAF” spraypainted all over downtown Cairo, as well as plenty of similar graffiti on the streets surrounding Tahrir Square. Between Cairo and Israel’s “Security wall” between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, I’m always amazed and what a stunning form of protest graffiti can be. It’s such an inisght into any particular issue.
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      Yeah they are all over downtown. I agree with you it is amazing what graffiti and art can do to give a voice to any particular issue. And most definitely give you insight on how a town or city feels about things. I have one ready for Athens and it to says a lot about the current situation they are dealing with.

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