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The Many Sides of The Square

Fathima Mula


Distinction, HTD Dissertation Prize


Sarah De Villiers, Dr. Huda Tayob,

Naadira Patel, Adam Osman


18 - Hyperreal Prototypes


A public square in the heart of Cairo, Midan Al-Tahrir (Liberation Square) has been made and unmade in different ways since its inception, most notably as the main site of protest for the Arab Spring beginning in 2011. To dissuade any inclination towards a new revolution, the last few years have seen the systematic erasure of the traces of the traces of protest under Military rule. As such, the Tahrir of the revolution can only be accessed through archived media footage – a digital space that is also slowly being censored and deleted – and individual memory – which cannot be voiced under threat of arrest.

The Many Sides of the Square looks at fiction and filmmaking as a tool to explore this erased multiplicity of Tahrir using only the information and research that can be accessed from afar. This body of work forms a series of fictional animated acts, using cinematic and spatial tools to question the power dynamics prevalent within the making and unmaking of the space.



The Many Sides of The Square – Short Film. Mula, F. Unit 18. 2020.

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