Saturday, May 4, 2013

Return to Libya by Diana Matar

The Return is a series of black and white analogue photographs of Libya a little over a year ago by photographer Diana Matar. After the Libyan revolution the New Yorker commissioned Diana and her husband, Hisham Matar, to go to Libya. This was Hisham’s first time in Libya since his family left, in 1979, when he was eight years old, and they traveled the country for just over four weeks.

Diana Matar joined her husband, Hisham, when he returned to his homeland of Libya. This was Hisham’s first time in Libya since his family left, in 1979, when he was eight years old, and he writes about the trip in his piece in the magazine this week. “What do you do when you cannot leave and cannot return?” he asks at the beginning of the article.

 Diana Matar is an artist working with photography and testimony. Using image, sound, and text, her bodies of work investigate issues of representation, memory, displacement and the nature of loss. Her work has been exhibited and published in Europe, North America, The Middle East, South East Asia, Latin America and the British Isles and is held in numerous public and private collections.
"I had never been to Libya and Hisham had not been back since 1979 when his family had to leave the country. Up until our trip my relationship to Libya had been influenced largely by the political history of Hisham’s family. Personally, and most viscerally, it was a place that inspired fear in me, renewed every time Hisham wrote about his past or criticized the dictatorship. It wouldn’t be too much to say that I equated the entire country with the Gaddafi regime. Being there post Gadaffi was a personal and artistic journey like no other." says Diana.
These photographs of the journey were taken in Bebghazi, Ajdabiya, Bayda, Darnah, The Jebel Akhadar and Tripoli.

























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