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Red oak wooden covers, laser cut, fore-edge laser etching, coptic binding, orange linen thread. "Tahrir Square in Cairo became the focal point and the most effective symbol of the protests in January and February 2011. For 18 days Egyptians repeated the slogan: The People Want to Bring down the Regime (al-sha'b yurid isqat al-nizam) until the regime stepped down on the 11th of February 2011. This book focuses on the revolution slogan. Using Arabic Kufic script the words of the slogan are repeated in an ascending sequence. Section 19 contains the English translation for the slogan The People Want to Bring down the Regime. The last section contains the time and date when the regime stepped down along with the sentence Al Saa'b Askat al Nezam with its English translation 'The People have Brought down the Regime'. Cairo's map is laser engraved on the book covers. Three edges of the book are colored then laser engraved to show the streets of Cairo"--23 Sandy Gallery. Signed, dated and numbered by the artist on the last page.

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Iowa City, Iowa : I. Aly 2014.


©Islam Aly, [Iowa City, IA], 23 Sandy Gallery, 2014.

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Coptic bindings; laser cut; laser etching; paper


12 x 12 x 7 cm

The Square



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