Murals – Mohamed Mahmoud Street Cairo – Gaffiti 2018-11-03T10:55:52+00:00
Artist Alaa Awad paints a mural.

Alaa Awad – the missing mural

Egyptian Revolution – 2012
mohamed mahmoud street Cairo Egypt

Alaa Awad revealed his neo-pharaonic style on Mohamed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square in Cairo in 2012.

Elongated figures straight out of a pharaoh’s tomb merge with mythical and folkloric creatures and elements of Sufism to create a grand visual vocabulary that looks both familiar and fresh.

AUC’s library wall

Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt

On the AUC’s library wall, a mural of ancient figures and animals in battle by Alaa Awad represents the many violent protests and clashes that took place in the area.

the tomb of Sobekhotep

Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt

The mural from the tomb of Sobekhotep (18th dynasty) got Awad into particular trouble. In painting a row of bald and bearded men praying to and making offerings to a mouse on the throne, Awad seemed to be mocking religious zealots and members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi parties. His timing was perfect; he painted the mural in late 2012, at a time when religious parties were gaining political power, a situation that generated distrust and frustration among secular protestors.
In this mural, he painted the Goddess Hathor, a goddess of love and motherhood, suckling a young and sickly boy next to scales that carried a feather on one scale and a heart being placed on the other. This is the weighing of the scale from the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, where the jackal-headed god Anubis weighs the heart of the deceased against a feather. If the heart weighed heavier, the deceased is condemned to non-existence.

The Battle Mural

Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt

location: Tahrir Square, Cairo.

women in mourning

Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt
Alaa Awad - Murals - mohamed mahmoud street – Cairo Egypt

Mural of women in mourning accompanied by a black panther. The mural mourning the deaths of over 70 people during a riot at a soccer match, February 2012.

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