Art telling stories in Libya

A gallery tour in the midst of a revolution? Yes indeed, if you’re in Benghazi, Libya.  Check out video footage of an anti-Gadhafi art gallery featuring images drawn by anti-government protesters, most depicting the Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.  The gallery has been called makeshift, and who knows how long these ephemeral works really will remain intact and in Benghazi.  There’s immense value in these pictures as a medium to understand what’s going on right now in Libya, especially when drawn by Libyans’ own hands. We may not understand the Arabic writing, but there are other symbols we can recognize. It’s  a privilege to see these newly created images made to share the protesters’ stories to each other and the international media.  A picture is worth a thousand words after all, right?

A local iman, Salem Jaber, delivered a sermon to about 8,000 people of Benghazi at prayer services on February 25, 2011.  Jaber told the crowd “we want a white revolution…Kadhafi wants to turn it red — but we will not allow that. This is a revolution made by the people. From now, no one will rule except the people.”

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