Gianmarco Maraviglia
Echo Photo Journalism

A visual account of the underground and hip hop movement that began to denounce the injustice of the Mubarak regime long before the 2011 revolution.
The events in Tahrir Square were the conclusion of a long social process in which local rappers also played an important role. The Arab underground culture that started the protest found its way without imitating the American movement, keeping its roots firmly in Egyptian culture, mixing sounds and traditions. The underground movement became an expression of personal freedom, in which the real revolution was not only political, but above all social and cultural: a generation that for the first time broke the rules of tradition towards real change.

Dedicated to these young people who, with the return of the military to power, have been robbed of their revolution; a reminder that they alone can sow the seeds of the next revolutions.


Gianmarco Maraviglia, born in Milan in 1974, showed an interest in photojournalism from an early age. Graduated in photography at the European Institute of Design (IED), he works mainly on wide-ranging projects, on committed, multicultural and social issues. His work has been published by Die Ziet, Washington Post, D La Repubblica, Sette Corriere della Sera, Panorama, Io Donna, Aftenposten, Vanity Fair, Gioia, Svenska Dagbladet, Brigitte, Marie Claire, Woz, Emaho. He is the founder and coordinator of the Echo Photo Journalism project, which brings together a group of committed young photographers.

The exhibition is curated by Emanuela Mirabelli, Marie Claire’s Photoeditor.