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ديمقراطية - Democracy
ديمقراطية - Democracy
Digital CollectionStreet Art Graphics
Titleديمقراطية - Democracy
Title-TranslationDemocracy -- Starting This Moment, I Know My Right -- They Have A Voice In Political Life
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 colloquial Egyptian Arabic, is one in a series of four with colorful political messages. The empowering slogan at the top of each sticker من دلوقتي حاعرف حق means "Starting this moment, I know my right." In the center, ديمقراطية translates to "democracy." The artist defines democracy underneath by stating يعني الشعب له كلمته في الحياة السياسيّة, or "They have a voice in political life." The sticker speaks out against Mubarak's autocratic governance and seeks to reclaim a sense of ownership in political decisions.
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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