’This is freedom’ – visual art and the Egyptian uprising | Art and design | The Guardian
Art may not have started the Egyptian revolution, but it played a large part once the spark was lit. Visual artists documented the people’s uprising, first in Tahrir Square, and then across galleries in Cairo and Egypt in the months that followed. The young multimedia artist Ahmed Bassiouny was killed on the third day of the revolution; his work was shown posthumously at this year’s Venice Biennale. Today, the art scene remains in a state of flux, experiencing a kind of chaotic freedom as demonstrators return to Tahrir Square.