Ammar Abo Bakr
Ammar Abo Bakr: The Lady’s Brigade 4 In May 2016, Amma Abo Bakr spent 20 days in Denmark / Kongens Nytorv. He created 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. MP Brian Mikkelsen introduced Ammar to the Danish government and Danish politics. Ammar wished to relate in a site specific way to Denmark, Copenhagen and Kongens Nytorv, and to the mural, that was already there. The mural was a work by Henrik Dybdahl and Phuc van Dang on the wall opposite Hotel d’ Angleterre. 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 figures. Ammar Abo Bakr wished to adapt these, rather than having to start with a monochrome wall. Based on the conversations with Brian Mikkelsen, the work on the wall evolved day after day, commenting on the daily news; almost like a newspaper.
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.”