Ganzeer, AR/On the Move – Resident, Helsinki

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Ganzeer is the nom de plume of the graphic designer and artist from Cairo whose street images have come to epitomize the Egyptian Revolution for a global audience (including his stencil of a life-size tank near Tahrir Square, which continues to evoke local and global responses).



Ganzeer was an artist hosted by On the Move, a programme run by PM in cooperation with HIAP, that was a predecessor to AR-Safe Haven Helsinki Residency.

Photograph by Dörthe Boxberg

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Crossing freely between art, graphic design and political “artivism”, Ganzeer’s work has been in exhibitions from Egypt, Germany, Finland, Holland, Poland, Italy, the Arab Emirates and Jordan to Brazil and the USA. The London Guardian has described Ganzeer as a major player in an emerging “counter-culture art scene on the mainstream radar”, and has placed him on a list of 50 people shaping the culture of the Middle East today. While Art In America has associated Ganzeer with a “New Realism”, we consider the term “Re-Aligned Art” a fresher term for artistic practices as his, which responds with great artistic skill and political wit to the host of challenges faced by a new generation.