Jewelled Tales of Libya
A Noon Arts Exhibition curated by Najlaa El-Ageli and Hala Ghellali.
19 – 27 January 2017
Alongside a display of 45 pieces of authentic Libyan silver jewellery from the 1920s to 1960s (comprising chokers, belts, headpieces, bangles, silver slippers amongst many other pieces), the exhibition will show 13 original vintage photographs, that belong to the curators’ private collections. Dating back to the early decades of the 20th Century, the images of Libyan women were taken by the Italian cameramen, (such as Aula, Nascia, Rimoldi and others),who established studios in Libya during the European colonisation and who contributed to the Orientalist strand of photography.
In contrast to this old collection, the exhibition will also feature more recent photographs taken by the talented Libyan photographer Sassi Harib, whose work captures the essence of Libya’s Southern women adorned in their jewellery.
Jewelled Tales of Libya has been co-curated by Najlaa El-Ageli, co-founder of Noon Arts, and Hala Ghellali a Libyan born academic translator from California and keen collector of photographs from colonial and post-colonial Libya. Commenting on the significance of this collection Najla El-Ageli states,
‘The layers of cultural influences that have formed Libya’s identity – from the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations to the African, Amazigh, Bedouin, Moorish, Jewish, Ottoman and Arab peoples – are innocently revealed in the jewellery on display. Together they present the country’s difficult journey over the millennia, without making any judgment and without hiding any truths’.
Private View: Wednesday 18 January | 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
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Talk by Hala Ghellali: Tuesday 24 January, 6:30pm – 7:30pm at The Arab British Centre.
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Monday-Thursday: 11:00am – 5:30pm
Friday: 11:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: closed
The Arab British Centre
1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE
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