Street Art and Graffiti Thrive in Post-Gaddafi Libya
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When a country is in the grips of totalitarian rule and the people cower beneath an iron fist, it is almost certain that there is no graffiti and very little self expression. When Moammar Gaddafi ruled Libya political opposition and independent cultural expressions were illegal. It was unimaginable to see graffiti and street art celebrating the libyan people and mocking Gaddafi. Today, you can see this type of work all over the streets.
These photographs were taken by Karim Mostafa in Benghazi, Tripoli and Misrata throughout February and March.
This mural can be seen next to the historical arch in Tripoli’s Old City.
“No to the killings of innocent” says this piece just off Benghazi’s Freedom Square. The man carefully painted over the wall around the mural, leaving the message intact."
"Dignity, Equality, Rule of Law, Justice, Struggle – concepts familiar in all the revolutions of the past year."
This wall in Misrata is filled with names of those who were killed in the fighting.
An ever-present motif on the streets: the restored pre-Gaddafi red-green-black flag.
“Who am I” – a phrase alluding to Gaddafi’s infamous February 22 speech in which he asked the Libyan people “Min entum?”, “Who are you?”
Graffiti on a destroyed house on Misrata’s Tripoli Street, where fighting was heavy for several months.
A Benghazi wall shows what big inspirations Tunisia and Egypt were to the Libyan revolution.
Photo: Karim Mostafa
Source: Mashallah News