Cairo’s streets witnessed two graffiti murals being added to its burgeoning street art scene from the famous German photo realist and graffiti artist, Andreas von Chrzanowski, or as he’s more popularly known on the street, CASE. Originally invited along with his crew Ma’Claim (or ‘My Part) for Goethe-Institute Alexandria’s ongoing project “Graffiti: Style, History, Experience” project, CASE decided to stay on and complete a mission of his own, part duty and part personal.
His duty, or rather what he feels is a personal obligation, was to bring his rendition of Khaled Said from Berlin to Cairo. CASE was the creative mastermind behind the Khaled Said portrait on two slabs from the Berlin Wall and his aim in Cairo was to recreate this same portrait, but, this time, adding another martyr, Mina Daniel. The project proved much more daunting to produce on Cairo’s still politically charged streets. Through conversations with local artists and gallery directors who warned against the possible negative reaction from the street and the overproduction of Daniel and Said figures all over Egypt, CASE decided that an abstract interpretation would be a more authentic creation.
Down one of the tight side streets of Cairo’s downtown and home to the prominent Townhouse Gallery lies CASE’s mural. Passing an industrial base of car repair shops, the mural sits comfortably between a calligrapher and a glassmaker’s shop. At the forefront is the face of a boy whom CASE had met while spraying another wall for one of Goethe-Institute’s Cairo locations. The boy, so real you forget he is graffiti, smiles innocently, his red t-shirt expertly integrated with the colors of the wall. Behind him are simple, black stencils of Mina Daniel and Khaled Said. For CASE, “the mural represents the hope we all have for the coming generations in Egypt.” It is a message of continuity, of hope beyond the sometimes ugly past.
On another wall and in a much more crowded street lies CASE’s personal mission. Strategically placed across from the Ministry of Interior, on the walls of MAKAN, this mural is his own message. Spraying the bottom half of his face, CASE attaches a word bubble with his fingers, placed instead of words, holding up the PEACE sign.
CASE was joined by the prolific independent photographer and videographer, Joel Sames, whose short video documentation on the making of the Khaled Said portrait in Berlin impacted audiences in Cairo and Alexandria.
Khaled Said, Egyptian Internet activist, rapper and blogger, was brutally beaten to death by two policemen on 6 June 2010 in Alexandria. His death triggered massive protests and the Facebook page “We are all Khaled Said” became one of the main catalysts of the revolution. Khaled Said, has become a symbolic figure and the face of the revolution in Egypt. Khaled Said's portrait is immortalized in Egypt in countless graffiti, street art murals and stencils in cities like Alexandria and Cairo.
On Monday, September 19th, Khaled Said was posthumously awarded the Human Rights Award 2011 together with Slim Amamou from Tunisia in Berlin. Zahraa Kassem, representing her slain brother Khaled Said received the award in his name.
The famous German photo realist and graffiti artist Andreas von Chrzanowski aka Case painted two original pieces of the Berlin Wall and finished the artwork during the award ceremony. Zahraa Kassem wrote on the wall: "Khaled's rights are Egypt's rights". The designer Mohamed Gaber created a "We are all Khaled Said" calligraphy which was painted under the portrait by Case.
The Rap song is written and performed by Kahled Said himself in 2007. Zahraa gave us the song in Berlin wishing it would be used in this video.
Both pieces of the Berlin Wall originate from the area between the Brandenburger Tor and Potsdamer Platz and were transported to the venue. Each piece weighs 3,8 tons. The deeply symbolic painting will later be prominently placed at the Freedom Park on the banks of the river Spree.
The Project was organized by Don Karl, publisher co-author of the book "Arabic Graffiti" & Hip Hop Stuetzpunkt Berlin - in collaboration with The Dudes Factory (Freedom Park).
From Here To Fame Publishing: http://fromheretofame.com
Andreas von Chrzanowski aka case: http://sexyartcase.com
Joel Sames: http://joelsames.ch
Graffiti artists from Egypt, Tunisia and Germany created a street art gallery around the Tutankhamun exhibition hall in Frankfurt, Germany. Aya Tarek, Ammar Abo Bakr and Ganzeer, some of the best known street artists from Egypt and El Seed, a street artist from Tunisia whose work has influenced graffiti artists around the Arab world, painted together with Caram Kapp and Frankfurt based artist Andreas von Chrzanowski aka Case.
Following Mohammed Ali, world renowned Graffiti artist as he completes a recent commission to produce a piece of art for the people of Gothenburg, that will bring light and colour to the city. A cube structure was created in front of the Museum of World Cultures, during the time of the Eid Festival. He speaks about his thoughts on taking art into the public space, into the lives of ordinary people.
Pix of the full piece:
Music - M83
Everyone at Eid Celebration
Matt Reeves (supporting artist)