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EGYPT. Egyptian Artists make their voices heard
04/07/2011 12:16:18

In Egypt, the pressure of mass protests and the raging velocity of current events has given artists little time to react. Despite the Internet blackout in Egypt, curator Sam Bardaouil has managed to contact some contemporary artists in the anti-Mubarak camp, and has given voice to their protest on his Facebook page. Bardaouil posted a message from artist Amal Kenawy — whose work has been seen at the Dak'art and Sharjah Biennales — "No more intimidation! Our fear is gone," reads Kenawy's message. "I am honored to be part of this and for my son to witness a new era and have a better future. Mubarak is gone!" Another post on Bardaouil's Facebook page comes from Lebanon-born, Cairo-based artist Lara Baladi, founder of the "Nomadic Artists" culture summit event. "The police are dressed in civilian clothes and looting to discredit the protesters," she asserts. "But the people are strong, cleaning the streets, helping each other find food. The police opened the prisons setting the inmates free. But we are strong! We want Mubarak Out!" 

Lara Baladi, portrait photo
Photo courtesy http://www.universes-in-universe.de/

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