Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mad Graffiti Week: Jan 13-25 - An Appeal to Artists Everywhere

This is an appeal to help save lives. The Egyptian Military Council has unleashed a brutal crackdown on peaceful protests by the Egyptian people, calling for the resignation of the military council and a cancellation of the sham elections that they’ve been running under their supervision. Soldiers have shown us no mercy, hitting fallen women with their batons, stomping on skulls with their boots, and shooting unarmed civilians dead. I’ve seen this happen with my own eyes and was unable to stop it. It’s a soul-shattering pain like no other.

The lies being disseminated by military-controlled media are as equally painful. Nothing hurts more than such shameless injustice. I fear the military’s strategy will only lead my country to an armed civil war. In an effort to keep our struggle peaceful, I hear by call on artists everywhere to support the Egyptian revolution with their art. As the genius that is Alan Moore once said, “[a satire] destroys you in the eyes of your community, it shows you up as ridiculous, lame, pathetic, worthless, in the eyes of your community, in the eyes of your family, in the eyes of your children, in the eyes of yourself, and if it's a particularly good bard, and he's written a particularly good satire, then three hundred years after you're dead, people are still gonna be laughing."

Our only hope right now is to destroy the military council using the weapon of art. From January 13 to 25, the streets of Egypt will see an explosion of anti-military street-art. If you are a street artist elsewhere in the world, please do what you can in your city to help us. Even if you are not a street-artist. If you’re a comicbook artist, a musician, or filmmaker, whatever artistic talent you have can be of big help. If you can do something before the designated date, please do! We need all the help we can get.

Finding “inspiration” is not at all difficult. A quick visit to scaf-crimes.blogspot.com will do the trick. On behalf of Egypt’s street-art community, allow me to thank anybody in the world willing to help. Your art may very well save lives.


Sknij said...

Hello, I'd love to send you stencil paintings done on paper you could paste in Egypt. Is this possible?


Ganzeer said...

Hey Sknji. If you design something suitable, and email it to me, I'd be happy to print it and use it here.

Here's my email address: ganzeer(at)gmail(dot)com

R. Fouda said...

So are we like supposed to coordinate w/ u if we want to join and/or send you what we want to do, or just go ahead n bomb the walls off starting 13?

Anonymous said...

is this a poster or just a design?

sarah said...

Hi, I'd love to send you a drawing to paste and also I'd like to put your call to action in a magazine I'm making. Do you have an arabic translation of the text for the Mad Graffiti Week? and a big copy of the poster 300 dpi? Send to bajra@riseup.net in the next few days if you can. (I'll send you a pdf of the mag when done.

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