Street art: The walls are alive

Street art arrives in Cairo while São Paulo’s longstanding tradition flourishes

There was little street art in Cairo until the protests that overthrew Hosni Mubarak began in January 2011. Now, in a multitude of styles, it is everywhere. Some take aim at the army or the deposed president Mohamed Morsi, others just urge passersby to think.

Graffiti is nothing new in São Paulo. One style, known as a pichação, is a statement by the city’s have-nots, a reminder of their existence. The polarising, daubed runic lettering contrasts with more artistic street art.

The trend shows no sign of abating in Egypt’s capital. You can trace the route of recent protests, explains photographer Magali Corouge, “by following the new tags.”


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