Ziad Mohamed Saleh Bakir, one of the martyrs of the January 25 Revolution, left his home on 28 January and never returned. On 28 January, three days after an estimated 2 million overwhelmed Tahrir Square to demand change in Egypt, the police waged a bloody and desperate bid to force protesters out of the square.
Bakir's family spent over 40 days searching for him only to finally find his body in Cairo's Zenhom Mortuary in March. Bakir's funeral took place on 13 March.
Born in 1973, Bakir graduated from the High Institute of Art Education at Zamalek, obtaining a BA in Interior Design in 1995. In 1997, he started working on his Master’s degree on “Neo-realism Cinema in Egypt (1982- ) Visual Concept.” His professional experience includes work as a stage designer and an interior and graphic designer.
For the last few years, he was best known for his remarkable work in the Design Office of the Cairo Opera House, where he was supervising a team of graphic designers who worked on all printed material related to the opera.
Shortly before the revolution, Bakir held his first solo exhibition at the Cairo Opera House hall that included many of his design works.
Bakir's death only a few months later left a large vacuum, not only in the life of his family but also among his friends and coworkers.
One year after his death, Hanager Art Centre, located at the Opera House grounds, will hold an exhibition of his works.
The exhibition will open on 18 January at 7pm and will continue until end of January.