You Can Crash the Flowers

You Can Crash the Flowers A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution

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Part visual history, part memoir, You Can Crush the Flowers is the celebrated Egyptian-Lebanese artist Bahia Shehab's chronicle of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and its aftermath, as it manifested itself not only in the art on the streets of Cairo but also through the wider visual culture that emerged during the Revolution. Marking the ten year anniversary of the revolution, the book tells the stories that inspired both her own artwork and those of her fellow-revolutionaries. It narrates the events of the revolution as they unfolded describing on one hand the tactics deployed by the regime to drive protesters from the street, from the use of tear gas and snipers to using brut force, intimidation techniques and virginity test, and on the other hand the retaliation by the protesters online and on the street in marches, chants, street art and memes. Throughout this powerful and moving account, and using a vast array of over 250 images, Bahia Shehab responds to all such measures as both artist and activist. The result bears witness to the brutality of the regime and pays tribute to the protestors who bravely defied it.

Book information

ISBN: 9781909942530
Publisher: Gingko Library
Imprint: Haus Publishing
Pub date:
Weight: 594g
Height: 202mm
Width: 251mm
Spine width: 20mm