Vinegar, Soldier, Coke, 2012
three cyan-blue prints on cotton paper, 120 x 60 cm each
images © MOHAMMED EZZ
“…we tried them in Tunis until their bombs became useless … God be with you, Egyptians”
Those messages spread after the first night of the Egyptian revolution when the police forces successfully put an end to the demonstrations. The teargas bombs and the lack of the protesters’ experience in facing them were the weapons that ended the demonstrations. On the next day, the messages were sent by the Tunisian protesters explaining how to face the gas.
On Anger Friday, Egyptians had the bottles of vinegar and coke.They could finally stand up to the soldiers and started the protests beating the 30-years old regime. - MOHAMMED EZZ
Coke, milk or vinegar – household comestibles that overnight became key materials of resistance to the onslaught of tear gas used in Egygt for crowd control. The labels of vinegar and coke bottles have been modified with the instructions of use to be produced as “revolutionary products”.
This work has been part of Shift Delete 30 (January 2012), an exhibition featuring thirteen Egyptian artists all born between the late 1970s and mid 1980s.