This exhibition marks the opening of the new contemporary space in Cairo, Heytan (which means “walls” in Arabic) with a long-term project on the city’s street vendors. The exhibition is titled Kefahteya or “The Strugglers”.
Heytan, which has been several years in the making as a space for street artists, is also planning an on-line archive of Cairo’s street art, as well as lessons on multi-layered stenciling, murals and Arabic calligraphy.
Street art and wall writing (often known as graffiti) has flourished during the years of revolt in Egypt, mainly as a means of opposition, first to Hosni Mubarak in 2011, to the military in 2012 and then to the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.
The new space is the inspiration of Egyptian blogger Mahmoud Salem (Rantings of a Sandmonkey) and street artist Mohamed El-Mosheer. The exhibition is the work of El-Mosheer and photographer El-Asmar.
Photos: Rowan El Shimi