Tewa Barnosa (b. 1998) is a Tripoli-born artist and cultural producer whose conceptual approach is both curiosity- and research-based, emerging from the polar extremes evident throughout the world today. Influenced by repetitive revolutions, Muslim cyber-punk, civil wars, religious teachings, and Tamazight rituals and mythologies, she observes and creates surreal narratives of contradiction, extremity, and the in-between. Barnosa’s work consists of audio-visual installations, sound sculptures, electronic objects, scenography, and expanded paintings that gather calligraphy, texts and writing forms emerging from her poetry practice. She is driven by the adventure of exploring languages both ancient and current. What’s written will surely remain, codified by history, but Barnosa is attempting instead to imagine a futuristic heritage that might reveal radically other possibilities and illustrate fictional archives.

Since 2021, Barnosa moved from Berlin to Amsterdam, Currently an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie, and founder of WaraQ art foundation, one of Libya’s leading non-institutional artistic collectives, a laboratory for the production, publication, and curation of works by artists, performers, researchers and curious minds from North Africa and beyond.

Award and Grants:

Iwalewahaus African artists award 2021
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



- Solo exhibition: Cursed and Sacred
Iwalewa African art awards
October, Bayrueth, Germany

- Hotel Sahara
Magasins généraux, Paris

- Shifting Sands
WaraQ art foundation
Tripoli, May 2021

- Open sesame: A photophobic experiment
Curated by Erkan Affan
Bärenzwinger Berlin
January - March 2021


- New Spaces/New perspectives
Curated by Maritta Iselar
Mercator Projektzentrum, Berlin
13.03.2020 - 28.02.2021

- Common Grounds
68 Project space, Berlin
13.08.2020 - 05.09.2020

2019 :

- Dwaya Annual Exhibition
Gallery Arabeske, Heidelberg
Supported by Heinrich Böll Stiftung

- Untoured
After europe festival
Sophiensalle, Berlin

- Retracing a disapearing landscape
Curated by Najla Alageli
Casa arabe, Cordoba

- ISUSU Afrofuturism festival,
Beke'ch Berlin, 22 August

- New spaces New perspective
Curated by Maritta Iselar
Mercator Foundation, Essesn

- Freedom Transmissions, CoCulture
Haus Ungarn, Berlin

- A journey of belonging ll
CAA contemporary art alliance, Berlin

- Out of place solo exhibition
Curated by Adnan Misal
Mutterzunge Berlin

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

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


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