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In mid-February, Mori Art Museum Associate Curator Kenichi Kondo noticed an article on the Nafas website, which specializes in art news from the Middle East. Egyptian media artist Ahmed Basiony, it said, had gone to Tahrir Square in Cairo to join the protests against president Hosni Mubarak. He had been shot and killed.

“We had met Basiony in December,” Kondo said. “We didn’t know of him before we got to Cairo, but we were introduced by another artist and he came to show us his portfolio.”

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