On political street art as expressions of citizen media in revolutionary Egypt

Bolette Blaagaard, Nina Grønlykke Mollerup

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This article traces the intersecting and interstitial spaces of political aesthetics in political street art featuring key activists of the Egyptian uprising of 2011–13 as well as the following struggle. We argue that the complex political expressions displayed in the images as recontextualized and embodied afford the images different roles in citizens’ political and social struggles. We develop three modalities of political street art – emplacement, travelling and conversation – that allow different works different roles in the political formation of subjectivity. In order to understand street art’s role in political subjectivity formation, this article applies visual discursive analyses to two expressions of political street art: first, the stencil of a blue bra, referring to sitt al-banat, a woman who was stripped naked in public as she was beaten unconscious by Egyptian military soldiers; second, the mural of then jailed activist Sanaa Seif in the Copenhagen borough of Christiania.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)434-453
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Egyptian uprising
  • Sanaa Seif
  • activism
  • citizen media
  • political street art
  • sitt al-banat


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