As an artist, I am familiar with graffiti techniques, but this is still quite different from painting on canvases. When I do graffiti, it’s all about reaching the audience, which could be essentially anybody. With my canvas paintings, I can make allusions, and express myself through metaphors. But with graffiti, I need to ensure that everybody will understand my message immediately.
When we go to a city, we spend two days with the women from the collective scouting out areas where we could paint and discussing possible mural ideas. We try to select smooth walls that are fairly high, to allow us to paint large murals in busy streets.
“Our graffiti touches on the issue of sexual harassment, which is a huge problem here”
Of course, some onlookers make fun of us and even insult us, which is quite commonplace in Egypt when women try to do anything in a public space. It’s in fact to counter this sort of behaviour that we launched our project. Our graffiti often touches on sexual harassment, which is a huge problem here.
We also condemn the paternalist view that society imposes upon us: men have the right to decide when they want to go out, or what career they want to have… but not us! If the role of women in Egyptian society were re-evaluated, I believe this would fix many problems in Egypt.