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Ancient Egyptian Art revived through post-revolutionary graffiti in Cairo

Publication date: Apr 28, 2013 2:52:37 PM

Start: May 2, 2013 5:30:00 PM

Location: UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Post revolutionary graffiti in Cairo

Soraya Morayef will give a seminar hosted by the Material Cultures of Prehistoric and Dynastic Egypt Research Network at the UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology on 2 May.

Abstract

The talk on 'History Rewritten: Ancient Egyptian Art revived through post-revolutionary graffiti in Cairo' will introduce images of street art in Egypt after the revolution, then focusing specifically on the artist Alaa Awad, who made magnificent murals that replicated ancient Egyptian temple murals and symbols, yet changed some elements to make them more relevant to the political events unfolding in Egypt over the past two years.

The speaker will provide contextual analysis, linking the old with the new; the lecture should appeal to an audience interested in Egyptian politics, ancient Egyptian art and current Egyptian pop culture.

Speaker

Soraya Morayef is a journalist and blogger from Cairo, currently based in London pursuing a degree in cultural and creative industries at King's College London. She has blogged about graffiti in Cairo under suzeeinthecity.wordpress.com, which has been a reference for many journalists, academics and documentary makers. She recently made four short documentary videos about graffiti in the Middle East for MOCATV, the YouTube channel for the museum of contemporary art in Los Angeles. She has written extensively about street art, and her photos have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, the NYT Lede blog, and the Smithsonian magazine.

All welcome!

Any enquiries about this event may be directed to Stephen Quirke.