AP PHOTOS: Preserving a revolution's graffiti

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Posted: Oct 07, 2012 5:46 AM
AP PHOTOS: Preserving a revolution's graffiti

CAIRO (AP) — A group of artists, photographers and a publisher have joined hands to preserve Egypt's graffiti. "Wall Talk" — their newly released 680-page book — collected hundreds of photos of the wall art since the beginning of the revolt against then-President Hosni Mubarak in early 2011 until today. The result is a street history that chronicles image by image the evolution of Egypt's upheaval, which is still unsettled.

"Every art form has its rules. When I paint on wall, I commit my art to the street. The street owns it. The street and whoever in it can do what they want with it," says Sad Panda, a prominent graffiti artist who won't give his real name for fear of retribution. "To me, politics is absurd, stupid and sad. It is all about winning power."

"But I did take part in the revolution. I cannot be living in a nation that has a revolution and not participate."

Here is what some of the collection looks like: