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Inji Efflatoun

Inji Efflatoun was an artist, political activist and feminist who explored painting’s political and social potential. In her art works she was inspired by the daily working-class life of Egypt, with a focus on the everyday struggles of women’s life. She was imprisoned by the Nasser regime for her political activities between 1959-63. Her release saw a stylistic shift in her work, as she started to use more vibrant colours with rhythmic brushstrokes evoking a sense of light and space. Aflatoun also published three books calling for the end of patriarchy and colonialism, 80 Million Women With Us (1948), We, The Egyptian Women (1950), and Peace and Evacuation (1951).

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