Penny Byrne, Souvenir (of) Tahrir Square, 2011
Image: Sullivan & Strumpf website http://www.ssfa.com.au/exhibitions/112/art/12133/
Four ceramic figures each titled, Souvenir (of) Tahrir Square recently acquired by the museum are rare tangible items able to document the momentous but intangible impact of social media. The Souvenir (of) Tahrir Square figures are named after the public square in Cairo that was central to the Egyptian democracy protests throughout 2011. The figures are vintage porcelain ornaments, dramatically altered by Byrne, to become politicised statements celebrating free speech.
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