Media Type:

Graffiti


Title

Tank versus Bike

Subject

Graffiti/Street Art

Description

Iconic post-uprising street art, Ganzeer's 'Tank versus Bike' depicts a man on a bicycle delivering bread - a common sight in Egypt - being confronted by a tank. It is clear criticism of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) at a time when the popular slogan, 'the people and the army are one hand' could still be heard.
In the wake of the 25 January 2011 Revolution, street art and graffiti flourished in Egypt. It played an important role in documenting different phases of the revolution and in commemorating the various victims of the violence perpetrated by the police against protesters. However, many of the images were quickly whitewashed over by the authorities or by regime supporters. This image was notable for lasting several months.
Ganzeer became was of the best known street artists after the 2011 revolution, although he refused the label of 'street' artist. He became particularly famous following his arrest in May 2011.

Creator

Ganzeer and friends

Publisher

Suzee in the City

Date Published

01/05/2011

Rights

Suzee in the City

Language

Arabic/English

Date Created

01/05/2011

Citation

Ganzeer and friends, “Tank versus Bike,” Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, accessed November 30, 2020, https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/items/show/58.

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