Tewa Barnosa was born in 1998, Originally from the Tamazight villages in Nafusa mountain in Libya, She was born and raised in Tripoli where her interest and passion towards arts has grown largely and noticeably, Barnosa focused on the use of  calligraphy as the main elements in her artistic production, starting from paintings to sculptures and digital mediums, She dedicated her artworks to highlighting and addressing topics within the Libyan conflict of identity, language, and roots. as well as socio-political issues concerning immigration, diversity and free artistic expression in post-war situations.
She doesn’t shy away from the existential passage in which the Libyans find themselves in, addressing the difficult issues pertaining to the current state of political chaos, anarchy and general disorder. In one of her images, for example, she hints at burning petrol and the human cost entangled with its production. In other pieces, she also brings to attention the displacement of the Tawerghas in Libya and refers to the drowning of migrants who are still washing up on the country’s shores.

Barnosa always seeks answers for questions regarding society transformation in cruel times, how destruction and nothingness can be the source of creation and artistic research, She turned into curatorial practices as well in her early age to develop a further understanding of society's disapproval to art, Her work was exhibited in Gallerie Delle prigioni Treviso, Casa arabe Madrid, AWAN London, 12-14 contemporary Vienna, David Gallo gallery Milan, P21 London, and other spaces and institutions in different countries.

Growing up in an isolated country like Libya where art was rarely to be seen and acceptable, made her believe in the importance of shifting the power into the minds and hands of youth who are motivated to contribute in reviving the art scene, That's when she founded waraq art foundation in 2015, one of the first independent art spaces that finally opened it's doors to the public, to work actively and closely on supporting emerging artists through curating exhibitions and on site and off site projects, driven by her motivation to shape the future of the art scene in Libya.


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Current / Upcoming exhibitions & projects:

New Spaces/New perspectives exhibition, Mercator Projektzentrum
13.03.2020 - 28.02.2021 Berlin

Common Grounds, 68 Project space
13.08.2020 - 05.09.2020 Berlin

The green book exhibition, Philomena+
Opening: 16.11.2020 Vienna

Openings not openings, Bärenzwinger Berlin
November 2020 - February 2021

Hotel Sahara, Magasins généraux
Opening: 19.03.2021 Paris 


2019 :
Dwaya Annual Exhibition, Curated by the artist, Gallery Arabeske, Supported by Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Heidelberg
Untoured collective exhibition, After europe festival, Berlin
Retracing a disapearing landscape, Curated by Najla Alageli, Casa arabe, Cordoba
ISUSU Afrofuturism festival, Beke'ch Berlin
New spaces New perspective, Mercator Foundation, Essesn
Freedom Transmissions, Haus Ungarn | Berlin
A journey of belonging CAA contemporary art alliance l Berlin
Out of place solo exhibition Mutterzunge Berlin, curated by Adnan Misal

2018 :
Silence solo exhibition, Davide Gallo gallery, Milan
Sahara: What’s written will remain | organized by Benetton foundation
Dwaya calligraphy exhibition | Taher Haddad cultural house | Tunis
Retracing a disappearing landscape | Curated by Najla Alageli at P21 gallery | London
Across Borders | organized by waraq art foundation at 12-14 contemporary | Vienna
Neither Here Nor there | Curated by Variant collective at The foundry | London
Retracing a disappearing landscape Curated by Najla Alageli | Casa arabe | Madrid

2017 :
Radical Love female lust | The crypt gallery | London
For Libya exhibition | French cultural institute | Tunis
Warning | WaraQ art foundation | Tripoli
Across Borders | Swab art fair | Barcelona
Radical Love female lust | Gallery X | Dublin
Dwaya Annual Calligraphy exhibition | Dar Alfaghih Hassan | Tripoli

2016 :
Textural Threads exhibition | Curated by Noon arts | AWAN festival | London
Aura | curated by Rawan Muntasser and British council Libya | Tripoli
Dwaya Calligraphy exhibition | Dar Alfaghih Hassan | Tripoli
Nushu’o | Dara alfaghih hassan | Tripoli

Award and Grants:
Hotel Sahara artist residency, Magasins Generaux, 2020
Artist prize 68 projects space in partnership with Contemporary art alliance 2019, Berlin
Artist residency at Casa Arabe, Cordoba, September 2019
A journey of belonging Studio residency, 2019, CAA berlin
Support the supporters felloship, Hosted by CoCulture, funded by Martin Roth initiative 2019/2020
European cultural foundation mobility grant, 2018
Start-up weekend 1st place winner for best project plan, Tripoli 2013

Talks and workshops:
Arts, Identity and solidarity, Liverpool arab arts festival, July 2020
Navigating orientalism in contemporary western society, organized by Queer arab barty, Vorpiel Berlin
BlackBox Libya, Panel discussion, Heinrich böll Stiftung, Berlin
Freedom Transmissions, The long night of ideas, Haus Ungarn
Life in exile, Keynote speech, Körber Stiftung, Hamburg
Music freedom day, Panel discussion, by Safemuse at Kulture house, Oslo
Culture, Identity and diversity Speaker at Global media forum | duetche welle
Stable and changing variables Speaker at Tedx youth Alssarim | Tripoli
Meet the artist talk at the opening of Gallerie delle prigioni | Treviso
History of the Libyan art scene Discussion Moderator at Waraq art foundation
Art in public space (The city is our gallery) Discussion Moderator at Waraq foundation
Art within Conflict, Talk about curatorial practices in Libya - Cast arabe - Madrid

Music freedom day, organized by Safemuse | Oslo, Norway
Arts Rights Justice forum, The ministry of foreign affairs | Berlin
Common past common future festival | Vienna
Sahara: What’s written will remain | Gallerie delle prigioni | Italy
Khutwa Aziza fundraising event | O2 cafe | Tripoli
Nushu’o exhibition | Tripoli