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The Art of Revolution
Every day artists create and place in front of us new ways to look at the world. And often, especially during political upheaval, that art gets a powerful, unexpected reaction.
Such was the case in Egypt when Puppeteers created 8 foot high puppets for marches in Tahrir Square, and invited people to get involved in spontaneous plays-on the spot- to envision a different relationship with the police, the military and Egyptian government. Artists drew street art that so shook the police, the cops removed it all. Only to have even more artists return the next week and put it up again, and adding much more.
The images each tell a story, or highlight a hero or a turning point...like.the activist who was attacked and lost an eye as he demonstrated peacefully, yet continues to demonstrate, now with an eyepatch, The drawings raise questions. I found people passing by would initiate conversations, enthusiastically explaining a portrait and its meaning. These images continue to speak to everyone who enters Tahrir Square today, and reach people far beyond.
Wandering the streets of Cairo this fall, watching the art of the Egyptian revolution unfold, I was reminded of the words of the great community organizer, Saul Alinsky, "Its not the action, its the reaction, that's the thing."
Greg Tuke, as a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow, will be teaching and working with faculty at several Indian universities, sharing strategies for implementing international collaborations within course work. This blog will chronicle key experiences and insights about international collaborative teaching and living in India. All opinions expressed are mine, and mine alone, and represent no other institutional affiliation.