The Gaddafi Archives - Libya Before the Arab Spring
The Slade Research Center
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The London Festival of Photography has partnered with the Human Rights Watch to put on the event’s biggest exhibition yet. On display are over 1000 never-before-seen images which chronicle Libya’s recent history, from the reign of King Idris to the harsh regime of Colonel Gaddafi. Some rare photographs document and shed light upon a period in the country’s history that remained almost entirely undisclosed to the West, having ended with the Arab Spring revolution of 2011.
Essays and videos seek to contextualise the exhibited photographs, divulging the truth behind the artifice and propaganda of most images while also exposing some of the issues currently faced by the Libyan people.