Tewa Barnosa (b. 1998) is Libyan Tamazight artist and cultural manager, She was born and raised in Tripoli and currently based in Berlin, her practice moves around Identity and belonging definitions, ancient histories and uncertain futures of languages, written, oral and collective memory in the social and political context of Libya and North Africa, Barnosa focuses on the use of different forms of Tifinagh and Arabic calligraphy and texts as the main elements in her artistic production, She experiments with paper based works, installations, digital mediums, moving images and sound 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.

Barnosa founded WaraQ art foundation in 2015, an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to support the contemporary Libyan art scene locally and in the diaspora, Through encouraging socio-critical dialogue between artists and audiences. She curated and organised several exhibitions, projects and activities that took place in WaraQ’s space, and in the public spaces of the old city of Tripoli and in diferent countries in Europe, Barnosa continues to seek answers to questions regarding society transformation, resistance and in cruel times, how destruction and nothingness can be the source of creation and artistic research.


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Upcoming exhibitions & projects:

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

Hotel Sahara
Magasins généraux, Paris
Opening: 19.03.2021  



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 

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,
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

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