Mellem Kunst og Aktivisme - Street Art i Cairo

Sarah Borger Vasii

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The subject matter of the project is the growing Street Art scene in Egypt, and is predominantly based on three interviews conducted with two active Street Artists and the main Street Art-blogger in Cairo. Analytically I differentiate between an artistic and an activist perspective, drawing respectively on the theoretical and analytical concepts of Pierre Bourdieu and the geographical concept of scale as it is defined by Sally A. Marston and Neil Smith. The first part of the analysis looks at the informants' habitus and symbolic capital, and characterizes the informants' backgrounds and their common features. The analysis of the field takes its point of departure in subjects or concepts dealt with or mentioned in the interviews, often on the initiative of the informants, and covers: concepts such as “originality”, “realness” and “authenticity”; economic capital and the valuation of inclusion; and their perceptions of the audience. The Street Artists ambitions as activists are illustrated using the concept of scale, and discusses the Street Artists influence on: the individuals, by encouraging or provoking reflection and political consciousness; the city, by changing the city's aesthetics, and by symbolically reproducing places like Tahrir as 'the peoples place'; the nation, by educating and informing the Egyptian people and thereby politicizing a population that previously was excluded from politics; and finally the world, by enrolling themselves in a global struggle against capitalism. In the conclusion I describe how the moral purpose of Street Art contributes with a personal value and meaning to the informants’ lives. And also how the two positions, art and activism, are interdependent and amplify each other in their pursuit for social and political change.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato9 jan. 2010
VejledereLise Paulsen Galal


  • Egypt
  • Street Art