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/ WINNER : CHANGING THE NARRATIVE AWARD

 

/ ARTRAKER BIENNIAL AWARD

 

Amira-Hanafi

/ AMIRA HANAFI, EGYPT

Amira Hanafi

Artraker Biennial Awards 2017

CONFLICT AREA / COUNTRY OF REFERENCE: EGYPT

A Dictionary of the Revolution is a project that documents the rapid amplification of public political speech following the uprising of 25 January 2011 in Egypt. To engage a large and diverse group of people in the documentation, I created a vocabulary box containing 160 words in Egyptian colloquial that were frequently used from 2011 to 2013 in public political conversation.

 

The words are in four categories: concepts, characters, objects, and places/events.

 

In 2014, the box was used in around 200 conversations with individuals across six governorates of Egypt: Alexandria, Aswan, Cairo, Mansoura, Sinai and Suez. Choosing cards from the box, people talked about what the words meant to them, who they heard using them, and how their meanings had changed since the uprising. Using transcription of this speech, I've woven imagined 'national dialogues' around 125 of the terms in the lexicon.

 

The project also includes an audio and text archive of the collected material.

 

 

Amira Hanafi, 

Chaos, A Dictionary of the Revolution

Vocabulary Box

 

 

 

© Artraker CIC 2017

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