|Shady El Dali /Kristof Persyn 2008|
In the years 2007 and 2008 I have collaborated with the Egyptian Actor and visual artist Shady El Dali in Cairo and across his country. Togheter we've created Cairo Nightnotes & The Nile Song and toured in Egypt and The Netherlands.
In the years before Egypt's revolution, Shady El Dali's art was already a form of protest. His personal way of activism resonated well with my own ideals and artistic aspirations.
From my Egyptian Collegues I learned how opposing forces -such as cencorship, poverty, corrupt art shools, no political support, lack of logistics and social discouragment- are not reasons to give up on art. During the revolution on Tahrir Square I recognised Shady's urge and courage among all Egyptians in their will to break bounderies. And art has an important role in there.