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Farrah Karapetian, Accessory to Protest 4 (Red Hoodie), 2011, chromogenic photogram, 47 x 30".

Farrah Karapetian

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Farrah Karapetian, Accessory to Protest 4 (Red Hoodie), 2011, chromogenic photogram, 47 x 30".

Early on in the protests that prompted President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation and the end of a nearly six-decade-long secular dictatorship in Egypt, an illustrated tactical brochure was leaked online and translated into English for Western readers. The pamphlet, titled “How to Protest Intelligently,” assumed the voice of the Egyptian people and listed demands and goals alongside instructions on how to carry out acts of civil disobedience as effectively and safely as possible. Among these, a diagram of “necessary clothing and accessories” demonstrated the ways in which everyday items could be strategically deployed to outfit a makeshift, nonviolent people’s army: comfortable sneakers to run in; a hoodie, goggles, and scarf to protect the upper body, face, eyes, and mouth; thick gloves for handling hot tear-gas canisters; a pot-lid shield; and a can of spray paint with which to thwart

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