Mural celebrating the 25 January 2011 revolution
This street art, on the walls of the Faculty of Fine Arts, was painted some time in 2011. The figure of the mummy refers to Egypt, which is shouting, 'I'm free', which in turn, is painted in the colours of the Egyptian flag. It is interesting that the artist uses the figure of a 'mummy' to stand in for Egypt/Egyptians, given that it refers to the ancient Egyptian custom of preserving a body after death. In Western popular culture, ancient Egyptian mummies are usually represented as malevolent. Also of note, is that the artist uses English rather than Arabic.
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- Jasmine Day (2006) The Mummy’s Curse: Mummymania in the English-speaking World. London, New York: Routledge.
Unknown Artist, “Mural celebrating the 25 January 2011 revolution,” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed July 25, 2021, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/194.