Ammar Abo Bakr
Ammar Abo Bakr: The Lady’s Brigade 4 In May 2016, Amma Abo Bakr spent 20 days in Denmark / at Kongens Nytorv to create the work “The Lady’s Brigade 4” as part of the Live Art Denmark project “COLAB“. Ammar, like the seven other artists in the project, was awarded a Danish mentor. Brian Mikkelsen helps Ammar understand the Danish system and Danish thinking and this formed the foundation for Ammar’s work on the King’s Nytorv. Ammar also wanted to relate to Denmark, Copenhagen and King Nytorv as a place and therefore he did not want to start with a newly painted single-colored wall. Henrik Dybdahl and Phuc van Dang had made a work together on the wall opposite D’angleterre, which he had been awarded. See https://www.thedybdahl.com/pages/projects
Henrik Dybdahl had printed on plastic plates of old pictures of King Nytorv and Phuc van Dang overlaid them with their well-known figures. Ammar Abo Bakr asked permission to overlay these rather than having to start over with a single-colored wall. Ammar did not have a clear idea of how the work should look, but based on the conversations with Brian Mikkelsen, the work on the wall and his interest in the place, the city and the country. Slowly he began to paint the exiting work. First slowly but during the period faster and faster and finally as in a fever rus.
Ammar Abo Bakr is a well-known muralist and graffiti artist in Egypt. His work depicts the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Egyptian history, and Islamic culture. Throughout the revolution, Ammar Abo Bakr painted amidst resistance from the police force, which would cover his art with white paint as a sign of criminal justice. His work often challenges government regimes or injustices and is most famously found on Mohamed Mahmoud Street. However, it can also be seen in other places in Cairo, Alexandria, Beirut, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt. In an interview with Sarah Mousa of Jadaliyya, Abo Bakr said, “…While we [artists] strongly oppose the military and want to mark that stance, we love the people and would also like to present art to the people… I want to present something of beauty to people who can see it, see that their streets have beautiful murals and feel joy.”