Today I was looking through images that I had posted to this blog to add to Random Interference, and I came across the image above which I posted on February 29, 2012 . It was linked to an article in Buzzfeed, and that link is now dead. So I did some searching. A google ‘search by image’ came up with “best guess for this image: blue bra girl,” which I quickly realized refers to woman in the newspaper image who is being dragged. The image was taken December 17, 2011. US feminist me resents that this image and the women becomes know as the ‘blue bar girl’. I didn’t do follow up at the time so I did not realize until today the extent of the anger that the event (and image) caused. It became a symbol of outrage against abuse of power by the military. The following screen grab from my image searching sums it up.
Links to more information:
Egyptian women march against military rule – War in Context (with attention to the unseen)
The ‘Girl In The Blue Bra’ – NPR
‘Blue bra girl’ rallies Egypt’s women vs. oppression - CNN
The “Blue bra girl” comes back as a masked avenger – EastWestWestEast
It’s International Women’s Day – Will the Blue Bra Girl Be Forgotten? Between the Lines
Mass March by Cairo Women in Protest Over Abuse by Soldiers
The new improved
I have spent most of the day at my computer improving my wordpress skills so I could move my Links blog off wordpress.com (they started including ads on their hosted blogs) and then updated and redesigned both blogs. I made my first wordpress child theme, rewrote some php files, changed the css, etc. At least I have something to show for these hours of staring at my screen, but seems a far cry from art making, but part of the process I suppose.
insightful piece from Bag News. As the author notes, it stopped me in my tracks. I was disturbed not just by the content but by the apparent political nature of the Times publishing it and its questionable origin.
Will this Random, Dated Snuff Video Prevent the Attack on Syria? — BagNews.
…[the photo] was from a post at GlobalResearch.com, originally posted at SyrianNews.cc, titled “Will this Photo prevent the Attack on Syria?” If sympathetic to the Syrian government, the post posits the question whether (this) one image could actually prevent the United States from going to war. Citing how of the iconic Eddie Adam photo of a suspected member of the Vietcong being shot in the head crystallized domestic anti-war sentiment, the author applies the same question to the image splashed across five columns of The New York Times… more
And the NY Times correction: An article on Thursday about the brutal and ruthless tactics adopted by some rebel groups in Syria misstated the date of a video that showed a band of rebels executing seven captured Syrian soldiers. The video, which was smuggled out of Syria by a former rebel, was made in the spring of 2012, not April 2013. (link)
Of Another Fashion
Can’t believe I did not about this wonderful blog by Minh-Ha Pham, an online repository of the often-ignored fashion histories of everyday American women of color through old photographs, some reader submitted, some archival. [interview with Minh-Ha Pham]
Article on Of Another Fashion @ Hyphen Magazine
Welcome to Photoville! By Shelley Rice
Excited that Shelley highlights my installation on her Jeu de Paume blog. Shelley has been writing brilliant pieces on the blog for a year now.
so many things I need to/should do today but I find myself making headers for my lorielinks blog. I console myself with the fact that I least I made something…
Can’t stop watching/listening to Al Jazeera Live Stream from Egypt. The revolution will not be televised, but it is being streamed and tweeted at least to those of us outside Egypt. I read the paper for perspective and putting everything together from the day before.
Live updates from the Guardian
Aljazeera has its Anger in Egypt page with its own logo. And great collection of photos.
BBC calls it Egypt Unrest day #
ABC is the only network news as if today has a logo online for the conflict
The New York Times hasn’t named its coverage but the Lede Blog is even active on a Sunday.
MSNBC surprised me with how through and well organized its coverage is – link
At the Huffington Post, it is Egypt on Edge
And this article I was led to from a link from Facebook: The “Women Of The Egyptian Revolution” Compilation Being Made by Leil-Zahra Mortada.(Dialup Warning) – Democratic Underground.
The photo above when see on the Democratic Underground collection , the women stood out immediately. As the front image on today’s New York Times Week in Review, I was so struck by the action in the photo, the woman as the centerpiece only became apparent after prolonged viewing.
Collection of tweets on Huffington Post
An image from a Tunisian blog of students in the capital, Tunis, who arranged themselves to spell out the words “No to Murder” in Arabic on Monday.
Tunisians Document Protests Online – NYTimes.com.
Video That Triggered Tunisia’s Uprising