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Culture of Libya

Art Gallery in Benghazi,2012 ©AFP

Shortly after the 2011 revolution, there was a cultural explosion in Libya: video art was projected in Tripoli, artists exhibited works made with artefacts from the revolution in Benghazi, and short documentary and film festivals were organized. Experimental and abstract art especially became popular: they had been forbidden during the Gaddafi period, when art had to be transparent and void of any hidden meaning.

The cultural elite in Libya is small, and many artists and intellectuals fled abroad to escape Gaddafi’s repression and assure themselves of creative independence. Intellectual professionals, such as writers and lawyers, were obliged to become members of a professional association that managed cultural productions that had to conform to the line of Gaddafi’s revolution.

Further Reading

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