Downtime Cairo became the place of creative graffiti artists. They draw famous icons of Egypt such as Mohamed Salah, Umm Kulthum, Naguib Mahfouz and many others.
Graffiti artist Ahmed Fathy, also known as El Na2ash explained his passion and love for graffiti drawing and said “We choose to fight radicalism and the status quo through art, and we intend on spreading our ideas through creativity.”
The government was very supportive and the allowed the Faculty of Fine Arts students to draw and paint the walls of the Opera metro station with Egyptian Icons.
The Opera station is located in Cairo’s cultural hub near the Cairo Opera House, which has hosted some of the great performances. There was a time where the station’s walls turned into grey but 11 artists came to the rescue and brought the station back to life. The group of eleven artists is called Mobdeoon (Innovators).
They drew and painted faces of famous Egyptian figures. They took three weeks of work and sprayed the walls to represent the solar system.
“It was a chance to rediscover ourselves and how we’ve grown artistically. There was definitely better coordination than last time”, Sara Youssef a member of Mobdeoon stated in Egypt Independent website. Their first work was about two years ago.