Friday, March 07 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM
January 25, 2011 was the first day of the Egyptian revolution, a day that set into motion the dramatic events that catapulted Egypt from a dictatorship toward a hoped-for democracy. Currently the political climate is once again highly volatile. Egyptian artists have responded from the beginning, whether to stimulate the call for action, further the cause for freedom, support the ideals of the revolution, or to reflect on and dissect global issues related to power structures, freedoms, war torn realities, human emotions of hope versus despair, and the dichotomy between violence and peace. The revolution as well as current events are something every Egyptian artist will be drawn to address in his or her own way. Today, I will be discussing a number of Egyptian artists' works and how they chose to address this political climate, as well as what revelations we can glean from their art.