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The Arete Foundation for Arts and Culture is a Libyan arts and culture NGO that seeks to present and promote cultural and artistic endeavors in the country. The initiative, founded by Reem Gibreel, Khaled Mattawa, and Nedal Swehli, also aims to foster artistic and cultural exchange within Libya and with its neighbors.
On 25 and 26 December 2013 the Arete Foundation organizes the 2nd edition of First Glance, a video art show in Tripoli's Old city. The exhibition includes seven stations inside the Saraya Red Castle. Performances are scheduled from 6 - 8 pm.
The inaugural version of First Glance took place in November 2012. It was the first video art exhibition in Libya. "We were encouraged to run First Glance for a second time due to the impressive response that the exhibition received last year, which was attended by about 1,000 spectators who enjoyed works on display. We were also encouraged by the warm and supportive response we received from the residents of the Old City who have welcomed us to put on the show once again," stated the artist Reem Gabriel, executive director of the Arete Foundation.
First Glance 2013 features the first Libyan participation in video arts by filmmaker Mohannad Amin. This year's program also features works of animation, a genre that was not included in last year's show.
First Glance 2013 includes works by artists from Libya, Canada, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Argentina, Italy, USA, Finland, France, Sweden, Iran, U.K., Hong Kong, Norway, Brazil, and Spain.
"The exhibition will allow viewers to navigate between Tripoli's premiere landmark while enjoying one of the world's newest and most exciting art forms," said Gabriel.
First Glance 2013 is sponsored by the Prince Claus Foundation, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Tawassul Libya Corporation, and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Tripoli, and in partnership with the Administration of Historical Cities and Tribute FM (98.1).
Admission is free.
First Glance 2013
Ausstellung von Videokunst
25. - 26. Dezember 2013
jeweils 18 - 20 Uhr
Festung as-Saraya al-Hamra
Altstadt von Tripoli
Khaled Mattawa, Vorstandsvorsitzender (Gründer)
Nedal Swehli, stellv. Vorsitzender (Gründer)
Huda Abu Zeid, Mitglied
Huda El-Ghaly, Mitglied
Faten Baabaa, Mitglied
Rana Ben Mahmoud, Mitglied
Faraj El- Tarhouni, Mitglied
Reem Gibriel, Exekutivdirektor (Gründer)
Wesaal Gebril, Administrative Assistentin