Can Spider-Man be a source of solidarity? Hossam Atef/Antikka Photography

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:

Life in chaotic Cairo can undoubtedly be frustrating—even for a web-slinging superhero.

There was no wall-crawling in the Egyptian capital. (Hossam Atef/Antikka Photography)

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.

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(Hossam Atef/Antikka Photography)
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(Hossam Atef/Antikka Photography)
(Hossam Atef/Antikka Photography)

All photos courtesy of Hossam Atef and his colleagues at Antikka Photography. See their other work here.

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