remembering ahmed bassiouny
Last Updated : GMT 17:37:48
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Remembering Ahmed Bassiouny

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Remembering Ahmed Bassiouny

Cairo - Arabstoday

"My beloved Bassiouny…I miss you very much. May you be with me every year and within me as every breath leaves my body, accompanying my lively voice. A whole year has passed! As if it were only a day," artist Shady El-Noshokaty, writes on Facebook on 28 January, the anniversary of his friend’s death. The 34-year-old Ahmed Bassiouny was a father of two children, Adam, 6, and Salma, 1. Also, he was a professor at the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University. He was killed on 28 January in Tahrir Square, amid loud gunshots and chants that filled the night sky with demands for freedom. Shot dead in Tahrir Square on The Day of Rage, Bassiouny left the young artist community behind, mourning him with revolutionary art that honours his memory. Like hundreds of other young Egyptians who lost their life in the battle for freedom, Bassiouny fought in Tahrir until his last breath. "He was always on the frontlines, full of energy…until the last moment [I saw him], on 25 January. He was not afraid," says Bassiouny’s friend Mohamed Abdel Kareem in a short documentary of snapshots of the martyred artist’s life. Ahmed Bassiouny was adored by his colleagues, so his death left them melancholic, nostalgic - and full of art. Over the past year, Bassiouny has been a revolutionary icon in Egypt’s contemporary art scene. His picture was hung in countless exhibitions throughout Cairo, and was honoured in just as many countless exhibitions. In a way, the year’s young art was a tribute to Bassiouny. Bassiouny has become the martyr of the artists. Many artists, young and old, joined protests very early on in the revolution. Suffocated for years with restrictions on freedom of expression, their creativity hindered by censorship and harsh living conditions, they were more than ready to chant at the top of their lungs for liberation. They stood in Tahrir Square and risked it all. They did it for their freedom; they did it for their art. Representing a generation wholly dedicated to uninhibited art, Bassiouny’s death only solidified the fighting spirit of thousands of artists. His friends jokingly say that he was annoyingly persistent: he would not start a conversation without finishing it. He absolutely had to see his thoughts through. At the onset of revolution, he decided to join the protests calling for freedom, justice and bread. But he did not have a chance to see it through. "I hoped that my hands would not write such words. These words are so much less than what you deserve… Bassiouny… The days have passed and it’s been a whole year since you passed…why have you been gone so long?" Sherine Lotfy, a friend of Bassiouny’s wrote on 28 January. After graduating from the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University in 2000, Ahmed Bassiouny pursued a master’s degree in the Creative Potential of Digital Sound. He pioneered the education of digital art sound in Egypt, by organising workshops that focused on sound experimentation. He was keen on capturing a moment through sound. He was a fan of improvisation. He studied the expressionistic qualities of sound effects, and how they transform a work of art. A loud gunshot ended his life. "I have a lot of hope if we stay like this [continuing to occupy the square]. Riot police beat me a lot. Nevertheless I will go down again tomorrow. If they want war, we want peace. I am just trying to regain some of my nation’s dignity," Bassiouny wrote on Facebook 26 January 2011. "It is necessary to be fully equipped when participating in the revolution: a bottle of vinegar to overcome the tear gas, protective masks and tissues to inhale vinegar, self-defence sprays, athletic shoes, Bradoral tablets, food and drink… One cannot use violence against security agents or insult them. Vandalism is also forbidden, for this is our country. Bring a camera with you and don’t be afraid or weak." This was Bassiouny's last Facebook post on 27 January 2011. ahramonline .

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

remembering ahmed bassiouny remembering ahmed bassiouny

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

remembering ahmed bassiouny remembering ahmed bassiouny

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today Japanese regulators raid Airbnb

GMT 00:44 2017 Monday ,20 November

Japanese regulators raid Airbnb
Arab Today, arab today Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings

GMT 11:14 2017 Friday ,10 November

Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings
Arab Today, arab today Saudi, Bahrain target Iran

GMT 00:48 2017 Monday ,20 November

Saudi, Bahrain target Iran
Arab Today, arab today Europe turns on Facebook, Google

GMT 02:26 2017 Monday ,20 November

Europe turns on Facebook, Google
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Australian academic's book pulled

GMT 15:20 2017 Monday ,13 November

Australian academic's book pulled
Arab Today, arab today May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit

GMT 02:14 2017 Saturday ,18 November

May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit
Arab Today, arab today Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 03:51 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Driverless, electric future just round

GMT 02:45 2017 Monday ,20 November

Driverless, electric future just round
Arab Today, arab today Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck

GMT 02:59 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck
Arab Today, arab today Mona Abdel Ghany increased artistic activities

GMT 12:15 2017 Friday ,17 November

Mona Abdel Ghany increased artistic activities
Arab Today, arab today paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 12:22 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Hanan Metawe denies apology for “Major Treason”

GMT 11:15 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Angola oil boss sacked by father's protege

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 11:38 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 11:49 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Egyptian artist presents new collection of designs

GMT 02:28 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Anti-drug operation nets 4 tonnes

GMT 01:34 2017 Friday ,17 November

Banyan Tree Phuket Takes Festive Season

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday