Inji Aflatoun, Egyptian painter and feminist, gets Google Doodle for her 95th birthday

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Inji Aflatoun, one of Egypt’s best-known painters and a leading feminist, was honored with a Google Doodle to celebrate what would have been her 95th birthday. (Google)
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Prisoners, 1957, oil on canvas by Inji Aflatoun. (Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation)
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Donshway, 1958, oil on wood by Inji Aflatoun. (Courtesy Safarkhan Art Gallery)
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Loom, 1955, oil on canvas by Inji Aflatoun. (Courtesy Safarkhan Art Gallery)
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Martyrs Procession, oil on canvas by Inji Aflatoun. (Courtesy Safarkhan Art Gallery)
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Mathbahat Dinshaway (the Dinshaway Massacre), c. 1950, ink on paper by Inji Aflatoun. (Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation)
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Soldier (Fedayeen), 1970, oil on canvas on wood by Inji Aflatoun. (Courtesy Safarkhan Art Gallery)
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Tarqab (expectation), c. 1940, ink on paper by Inji Aflatoun. (Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation)
Updated 16 April 2019

Inji Aflatoun, Egyptian painter and feminist, gets Google Doodle for her 95th birthday

  • The doodle features Aflatoun in front of her canvas of surrealist and cubist paintings

DUBAI: Inji Aflatoun, one of Egypt’s best-known painters and a leading feminist, was honored today with a Google Doodle to celebrate what would have been her 95th birthday.

The doodle features Aflatoun in front of her canvas of surrealist and cubist paintings, which led critics to call her a “pioneer of modern Egyptian art,” according to Google’s description of the creative talent.

Aflatoun was born in Cairo in 1924 to a Muslim family that she described was “semi-feudal and bourgeois” — her father, Hazzan, was an entomologist who founded the entomology department of Cairo University aside from being the dean of the science faulty; her mother Salha, meanwhile, was a French-trained dress-designer who served in the women’s committee of the Egyptian Red Crescent Society.

Under the mentorship of her private art tutor, Kamel Al-Timisani, Aflatoun was introduced to surrealist and cubist aesthetics.

Aflatoun was also drawn into the feminist movement, joining Iskra – a Communist youth party – in 1942, and becoming a founding member of the League of University and Institutes’ Young Women in 1945 and representing the league during the same year at the first conference of Women’s International Democratic Federation in Paris.

She also wrote two political pamphlets — “Eighty Million Women with Us” in 1948 and “We Egyptian Women” in 1949 — which heavily attacked class and gender oppression, mainly because of British rule.

She was arrested and imprisoned by Gamal Abdel Nasser’s government during a round-up of communists in the mid-50s, and since her release in 1963 devoted her time to painting.

Aflatoun died on April 17, 1989, just a day after celebrating her 65th birthday.


Celebrities, influencers call for justice over black man’s death in US

Part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik said: ‘Their (the police) job is not to kill. It has to change.’ (AFP)
Updated 28 May 2020

Celebrities, influencers call for justice over black man’s death in US

DUBAI: Celebrities and influencers around the world have taken to social media to protest against the actions of four US police officers that allegedly led to the death of a black male suspect.

A video, circulated online, showed an unidentified officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck and ignoring his pleas of “please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man.”

Police in Minneapolis, Minnesota where the incident took place, later said that Floyd matched the description of a suspect in a forgery case and had resisted arrest. All four officers have been fired.

Part-Palestinian supermodel Bella Hadid shared a picture of Floyd on Instagram and said: “This has got to stop. It’s hard to watch a video so foul. It’s hard to think that this is still happening, but it is reality.

“These police officers need to be accountable to the maximum degree for their obviously disgusting and horrific actions. I feel so sick, sad, and sorry for George Floyd and his family.”

Her sister, Gigi Hadid, also spoke up about the viral video on her Instagram account. “This is why it is more disheartening and nauseating every time. And not just black men – every senseless act of discrimination that burdens this country,” she wrote to her 54.2 million followers.

Part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik said: “We should all feel protected and know we can be safe. Their (the police) job is not to kill. It has to change.”

Below are more reactions from famous stars addressing Floyd’s death.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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