Tripoli Libya Art

The 19-year-old Takawa Barnousa has made a career using Arabic calligraphy in a contemporary style; rough lines create imperfect shapes. The installation for the show begins with a video of Gaddafi's speech in Tripoli, in which he says "I hate you," followed by a calligraphic revolution on the floor, in which grainy images of tortured people are surrounded by scattered objects and tin bags. This art is intended to stimulate deeper thinking than what it sees beneath the surface and to explore psychological aspects that are taboo in our society.

According to Tawka, many older artists do not consider them real art, and young people's contemporary art does not feel appreciated by those who were part of the Surrealist movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Libyan freedom is meant to symbolise, for example, the struggle for freedom of speech and the right to self-determination, as well as freedom from oppression. Malak says the revolution has acted as a catalyst for the creation of a new generation of artists in Tripoli and elsewhere in Libya. Although she was too young to participate in 2011, she says she realized it was an opportunity to express herself.

Libyan life is still permeated by Gaddafi's hate speech, where there is no freedom of speech, expression and self-determination, "she says.

Barnousa worries about the state of the economy, even though she manages to sell her calligraphy work in a furniture store. Barnousa says she has had difficulty finding guidance from older Libyan artists. Hadia Gana, an established artist who celebrates her conceptual work, says that the lack of galleries and public spaces to present art is a real problem.

Gana is known among Libyan artists for her abstract concepts, which she explores through a mixture of words, images, and video clips. Faiza has been working as a teacher since she lost her job during the revolution, which she says is the main obstacle to her work at the time.

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