For TO THE SQUARE 2
Acrylic on canvas-like substrate, 10.8 x 7.9 metres
The theme of Ammar Abo Bakr’s work for To The Square 2 is a surrealistic play on the image of the cotton candy seller who becomes a kind of courageous general in the everyday battle against the pervasive authoritarian system. The work is a study of images in the collective memory of the social media space. The mural’s backdrop is a painted bullet-ridden wall, and several other layers were added successively. It includes iconic images from recent and ancient Egyptian mythology, history and anti-regime revolutionary culture.