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حرية - Freedom
حرية - Freedom
Digital CollectionStreet Art Graphics
Titleحرية - Freedom
Title-TranslationFreedom -- Starting This Moment, I Know My Right -- I Respect Your Opinion But Don't Force It On Me
Time Span2011
Geographic LocationEgypt
LanguageArabic
Classgraphic arts
Typesticker
DescriptionThe Arab Spring revolution in Egypt fought against the thirty-year regime of President Hosni Mubarak through anti-government and pro-democracy protests. Inspired by the successful revolution in Tunisia weeks beforehand, the Egyptian protests began in January 2011. This sticker, written in Egyptian colloquial Arabic, is one in a series of four with colorful political messages. The empowering slogan at the top of each sticker من دلوقتي حاعرف حقي means "Starting this moment, I know my right." In the center, حرية translates to "freedom." At the bottom, the artist writes يعني رأيك أحترمه بس ما تفرضحوش عليّا or "I respect your opinion but don't force it on me." The iconographic use of the sun and radiating lines could suggest democratic ideals.
SubjectArab Spring, 2010-; revolutions -- Arab countries; revolutions -- Egypt; protest movements; democratization -- Middle East; democracy; politics & government; liberty; civil rights; calligraphy, Arabic
Curator's NotesThis sticker was catalogued in the spring of 2014 by Rebecca Clayman ‘17, a first-year student and gallery intern at St. Lawrence University. For the project, Rebecca interviewed Gisele El Khoury, director of SLU's Language Resource Center and Arabic professor.
RightsPlease see http://www.stlawu.edu/gallery/copyright/.
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