At the Sign Maker, a Tribute to Khaled Said and Mina Daniel prt.II


Case`s duty, or rather what he feels is a personal obligation, was to bring his rendition of Khaled Said from Berlin to Cairo. CASE was the creative mastermind behind the Khaled Said portrait on two slabs from the Berlin Wall and his aim in Cairo was to recreate this same portrait, but, this time, adding another martyr, Mina Daniel.

The project proved much more daunting to produce on Cairo’s still politically charged streets. Through conversations with local artists and gallery directors who warned against the overproduction of Daniel and Said figure in Cairo and the possible negative response from the street to this overuse, CASE decided that an abstract interpretation would be a more authentic creation. Down one of the tight side streets of Cairo’s downtown and home to the prominent Townhouse Gallery lies CASE’s mural. Passing an industrial base of car repair shops, the mural sits comfortably beside a calligrapher’s shop on a wall stained poppy red from the artisan’s work. At the forefront is the face of a boy whom CASE had met while spraying another wall for one of Goethe-Institute’s Cairo locations. The boy, so real you forget he is graffiti, smiles innocently, his red t-shirt expertly integrated with the surrounding environment. Behind him are simple, black stencils of Mina Daniel and Khaled Said. For CASE, “the mural represents the hope we all have for the coming generations in Egypt.” It is a message of continuity, of hope beyond the sometimes ugly past.

Photos by Joel Sames