A civic engagement project wants working-class Cairenes to know that the superhero understands life in their city can be tough.
Give #cairoproblems a search on Twitter and you can get a glimpse of what many of the city's 12 million residents go through each day:
Well there goes a power outage. #cairoproblems— Yasmeen Ahmed (@yasmeen_ahmed99) January 19, 2014
fearing for my life. but at the same time tired #cairoproblems— Mohamed Sahal (@ma_niqqa) August 16, 2013
Life in chaotic Cairo can undoubtedly be frustrating—even for a web-slinging superhero.
Yes, Spider-Man made his way around the Egyptian capital recently, and it wasn't pretty. He was mugged (staged). He couldn't catch the city bus. How did Spidey find the traffic, you ask? Terrible.
These friendly neighborhood theatrics were all part of a civic engagement project by local photographer Hossam Atef and his friend Atef Saad, who is the man behind the mask. The young Egyptian duo thought Spider-Man might be just the human-arachnid hybrid to foster solidarity among working-class Cairenes. Essentially, the objective is to say, "You're not alone"—even a superhero can't overcome the many of the challenges of urban life in Cairo.