In a creative response to what can only be described as a hysterical political measure, Comma Press, the champions of the short story form, commissioned seven writers from the original countries in Executive Order 13769 - Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Iran, Libya, Iraq and Yemen - to contribute to an anthology that would be published in the UK and the US. Five of the entries were penned in the native languages and have been translated into English.
The six-week show presents visual artworks, especially commissioned installations, films and photography (both recent and archival) that creatively explore people’s direct experience of and fascination with memory and personal history, as well as the collective narratives that arise in connection to modern day Libya.
London alone will host hundreds of meetings, gatherings and parties organised by different groups.
'Arab Women Artists Now' (AWAN)
In Conversation With Libyan Writer Najwa Benshatwan: Ghazi Gheblawi will be in conversation with Libyan author Najwa Benshatwan to discuss the themes running through her highly acclaimed novel ‘The Slave Pens’.
As a media-partner with Shubbak, I was also fortunate to have had access to two incredible authors whom I interviewed for the festival blog. If you missed these, you can still read them either on the Shubbak website or on Nahla Ink.
Najwa Benshatwan: http://nahlaink.com/interviews/najwa-benshatwan-libyan-female-author-%E2...
There would be no elaboration on the reality of the trade that used to buy, sell and barter human beings and rarely admission of how the ancestors may have been involved in the mistreatment of those held captive. Few Libyans have the courage to revisit that period with its many ghosts or to bring up the racism issues that still persist in the culture.