Last week, I took photos of graffiti in Alexandria. Similar to the graffiti around Tahrir Square (and all across the country), these aerosol-scrawled messages play an important role in the political conflict. Both sides use the street discourse to promote their cause, intimidate opponents, and voice outrage. In some ways, the art form parallels graffiti’s most notable traditions, but instead of one writer going over another writer’s name, different factions go over each other’s messages. While not nearly as eventful as my run in with a vandal in Cairo a few days later, these photos offer a nice snapshot of sentiments on the ground. Check back every Friday for a new photo essay. See the photos in the gallery above.

(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)