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EGYPT. Art is experiencing a positive change
04/08/2011 13:16:12

Many visual artists documented the Egyptian revolution, the people's uprising, first in Tahrir Square, and then across galleries in Cairo. Today, the art scene experiences a kind of chaotic freedom.

Before the revolution, Egyptian artist Hany Rashed, said "art was limited, aimless, superficial, due to the regime's pressure to keep societal issues away from our work". Since the revolution, a few independent art galleries have opened up in Cairo – against the odds, as the Egyptian economy suffers in the wake of change. Curators and artists are investing in a new, open scene, hoping to put Egyptian art on the global map. 58-year-old painter Mohamed Abla, focusing on social and environmental issues, says "Now, anybody can paint anything. This is freedom." 

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