TUMAST Inks and printmaking on handmade papers, 2019

Barnosa’s work focused on the use of Tifinagh alphabet, the original language of North African countries before the arab conquest in the region, The language is widely spoken and used in Morocco, Algeria, and Libya, also in villages in Tunis and Egypt. However, the Tamazight race and culture was denied in the Libyan social fabric until the revolution of 2011, the tamazight roots in Libya spreads over the cost, the nafusa mountains and the desert.

Barnosa used this poem by the Libyan poet Saied Sifaw who was assassinated by the former regime, spoke out and wrote about the struggle of identity and belonging, and how the leaders want to obress it and deny its existence.

Said sifaw wrote:
Hanged in the sky covered in dust
Take the sail everywhere
The winds of Tamizgha will rise again
Winds of revolution, winds of freedom
We’ll rewrite history together
And seek it whenever it is
Dictionaries will be written out loud
For who ever loved and whoever hated
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