Soraya Morayef

Pharaonic Street Art: The Challenge of Translation

Pharaonic Street Art: The Challenge of Translation

Soraya Morayef This essay engages with the work of Alaa Awad, a prolific Egyptian street artist who drew graffiti on the walls around Tahrir Square between 2011 and 2013 using ancient Egyptian styles and themes. In replicating pharaonic murals in a space that was literally the epicentre of the political uprising in Egypt, Awad provided a quintessentially Egyptian narrative of street protests, yet one that was also exotic and indecipherable to Egyptian spectators and passers-by, given his use of hieroglyphic codes and references to ancient Egyptian symbolism.

Global Street Art Episode 1 - Egypt - Cairo SprayCan Rebels - Art in the Streets - MOCAtv

Published on Mar 22, 2013 https://youtu.be/_sAUNy1u0KE Egypt's January 25 revolution helped bring out the best in raw and potent urban arts, most of all in the graffiti scene in Cairo. This short video gives a brief glimpse into the always evolving street art scene that has gone from strength to strength and become a valuable component in the creative resistance to Egyptian authorities and establishment. Produced by: Soraya Morayef Directed and Edited by: Marwan Imam Music by: Ahmed Safi Footage courtesy of: Islam Momtaz Soraya Morayef Amir Nazeer Farah Saafan Ian Lee Rodina Mikhail Carmel Alyaa Delshad Featuring the works of: The Sad Panda Kareem Gouda Ganzeer Charles Akl Amr Gamal Ammar Abo Bakr Mohamed El Moshir Laila Magued Alaa Awad Zeft Amr Nazeer Hozny Iyad Oraby Aref and Hoda Ismail Ahmed El Masry Saiko Manio Ahmed Abdallah KIM Shaza Khaled Alia El Tayeb El Teneen Hossam Shukrallah Ziad Tarek Mariam Abou Ghazi Youssef Bagato Saif Roshdy Mostafa el Tourkhy And many others who remain anonymous

Global Street Art Episode 1 - Egypt - Cairo SprayCan Rebels - Art in the Streets - MOCAtv

Published on Mar 22, 2013 https://youtu.be/_sAUNy1u0KE Egypt's January 25 revolution helped bring out the best in raw and potent urban arts, most of all in the graffiti scene in Cairo. This short video gives a brief glimpse into the always evolving street art scene that has gone from strength to strength and become a valuable component in the creative resistance to Egyptian authorities and establishment. Produced by: Soraya Morayef Directed and Edited by: Marwan Imam Music by: Ahmed Safi Footage courtesy of: Islam Momtaz Soraya Morayef Amir Nazeer Farah Saafan Ian Lee Rodina Mikhail Carmel Alyaa Delshad Featuring the works of: The Sad Panda Kareem Gouda Ganzeer Charles Akl Amr Gamal Ammar Abo Bakr Mohamed El Moshir Laila Magued Alaa Awad Zeft Amr Nazeer Hozny Iyad Oraby Aref and Hoda Ismail Ahmed El Masry Saiko Manio Ahmed Abdallah KIM Shaza Khaled Alia El Tayeb El Teneen Hossam Shukrallah Ziad Tarek Mariam Abou Ghazi Youssef Bagato Saif Roshdy Mostafa el Tourkhy And many others who remain anonymous
Here Today: Soraya Morayef & Egyptian Street Art

Here Today: Soraya Morayef & Egyptian Street Art

Mural by Alaa Awad Africaseen blog, 2nd April 2013 by Susan Phillips While Soraya Morayef identifies herself as a writer and journalist, I see her through a different lens, as an artist and archivist. Through her photo blog documenting the extraordinary explosion of street art in Egypt following the initial Tahrir Square protests of January 2011, Morayef has captured, framed, and contextualized a fleeting moment in Egypt's long, proud history of artistic and cultural expression.
Here Today: Soraya Morayef & Egyptian Street Art

Here Today: Soraya Morayef & Egyptian Street Art

Mural by Alaa Awad Africaseen blog, 2nd April 2013 by Susan Phillips While Soraya Morayef identifies herself as a writer and journalist, I see her through a different lens, as an artist and archivist. Through her photo blog documenting the extraordinary explosion of street art in Egypt following the initial Tahrir Square protests of January 2011, Morayef has captured, framed, and contextualized a fleeting moment in Egypt's long, proud history of artistic and cultural expression.
Egyptian Graffiti and Gender Politics: An Interview with Soraya Morayef

Egyptian Graffiti and Gender Politics: An Interview with Soraya Morayef

Sit El Banat, stencil tribute to the women who were beaten, dragged and stamped on by military forces in December 2011. Copyright Suzee in the City. 28 March 2013, africaisacountry.com Mickey Mouse is pulling apart a bomb: inside is the torso of George W. Bush, and they’re both looking perfectly happy about the whole thing. Soraya Morayef is taking a photo of the wall where these figures are painted, on a busy street in downtown Cairo, when a man walks up to her and asks her what the picture means.
Egyptian Graffiti and Gender Politics: An Interview with Soraya Morayef

Egyptian Graffiti and Gender Politics: An Interview with Soraya Morayef

Sit El Banat, stencil tribute to the women who were beaten, dragged and stamped on by military forces in December 2011. Copyright Suzee in the City. 28 March 2013, africaisacountry.com Mickey Mouse is pulling apart a bomb: inside is the torso of George W. Bush, and they’re both looking perfectly happy about the whole thing. Soraya Morayef is taking a photo of the wall where these figures are painted, on a busy street in downtown Cairo, when a man walks up to her and asks her what the picture means.
Film review: The Square

Film review: The Square

By Soraya Morayef Open Democracy, 25 March 2014 The author reviews the only documentary released to-date of the people's uprising in Egypt until the fall of Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013. There is no such thing as a comprehensive narrative of the Egyptian revolution. Anyone attempting such a thing will most likely fail, as the complex evolution of a people’s uprising to where Egypt is today cannot be summarised in one story, let alone a 108-minute film.
Film review: The Square

Film review: The Square

By Soraya Morayef Open Democracy, 25 March 2014 The author reviews the only documentary released to-date of the people's uprising in Egypt until the fall of Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013. There is no such thing as a comprehensive narrative of the Egyptian revolution. Anyone attempting such a thing will most likely fail, as the complex evolution of a people’s uprising to where Egypt is today cannot be summarised in one story, let alone a 108-minute film.
Angels caught in a tightening noose

Angels caught in a tightening noose

By Soraya Morayef Open Democracy, 13 November 2013 Many disregard the recurrent stories of prison deaths, police torture and rape because - on the other hand – Egypt's streets are empty after curfew and the walls are freshly painted; surely a clear indication that the state has succeeded in restoring security and defeating terrorism. On Tuesday November 5, Egypt’s Minister of Local Development, Adel Labib, announced a new law criminalizing graffiti with a maximum jail sentence of four years and a fine of 100,000LE.