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Benghazi’s Talented Street Artists

September 7, 2011


Benghazi is buzzing. It feels like a city waking up from years of repression. Where ever you look you can find evidence of this. One of the best examples in the vast amount of street art.
When Muammar Gaddafi was in power, his official portraits were everywhere. In Libya’s second largest city, artists have turned this on its head. Caricatures of the vilified leader and pro-democracy graffiti have been painted on walls throughout the city. The above slideshow is a collection of some of the street art I have found in Benghazi. Among the most talented of these artists is 22 year old, Ibrahim Humaid, who we interviewed for the BBC earlier this week. Below is a picture I took of him painting a caricature of Gaddafi, making fun of his claim to be the leader of the revolution, rather than the oppressor of the Libyan people. Watch this space for more about this very talented artist.

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