|Artist / Creator||Islam Aly|
|Place of Publication||Iowa City, IA|
|Subject||Egypt, Revolution, Book Power, Social Justice|
|Process / Technique||Laser engraved edges, laser cut sections|
|Structure / Binding||Ethiopian and coptic binding|
|Medium / Materials||Wooden covers, linen thread|
|Paper Stock||Mould-made Johannot paper|
|Number of Pages||30 sections, each section four folios|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||2.8 x 3 x 3.5 inches.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 15|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
I made this book to document the words that were repeated in the streets of Cairo during the Egyptian Spring of 2011 when millions of protesters from a variety of socioeconomic and religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of the regime. The people repeated the three words: Bread [livelihood], Freedom, and Social Justice. I used Arabic Kufic script and spelled the words Eish, Horeya, Adala Egtemaeya Bread, Freedom and Social Justice. These words are repeated over and over in different ways along the 30 sections. The book is an effort to remember and reflect on these events. It also serves as a reminder for the revolutions main demands. Additionally, the book incorporates details of Cairos streets on the front and backboards. Cairo's map is also laser engraved on three edges of the book.
Artist BioIslam Aly received a BA and an M.A. in Art Education from Helwan University, Egypt. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate, College Of Education, Art Education program, University Of Iowa. In 2011 he joined the MFA program at the University Of Iowa Center for the Book. He use the historical and cultural references from historical models in his book art. He is exploring ways to use the rich structure of historical books in teaching contemporary artists' book practice.