Egyptian Street artist El Zeft took it upon himself to pay tribute to the Egyptian revolution’s female rebels. It’s an important gesture, not least because it emphasizes that political freedom walks hand-in-hand with feminist liberation.
El Zeft created a drawing of Egypt’s ancient Queen Neferiti—who we should all remember from history class—and superimposes a gas mask on our face. The tear gas, of course, is a modern symbol of protest, since police forces everywhere are more than happy to unleash gases to disperse wily protesters.
The symbolism of Nefertiti is also clear. Historians consider her to have been one of the most powerful queens, co-equal to her husband Akhenaten. That is some serious feminine power.
El Zeft posted the photo of “Nefertiti” with the following message: “A tribute to all women in our beloved Revolution..without you we wouldn’t have gotten this far. Thank you.”
Check out El Zeft’s final product below, which he pasted on Mohamed Mahmoud wall.