“Using art as a force to foster women's empowerment and cultural connectivity”

De-Orientalizing Art is a social enterprise that provides a platform for Libyan female artists to share their artwork with the West for economic, social, cultural and political progress.

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About the organization

De-Orientalizing Art is a social enterprise that provides a platform for Libyan female artists to share their artwork with the West for economic, social, cultural and political progress. 

De-Orientalizing Art hopes to establish women empowerment and cultural connectivity through deconstructing the orientalist framework by which art in the MENA is perceived. 



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Mission and Vision Statments

Using art as a force to foster women's empowerment and cultural connectivity.

We do this by:

  • Providing opportunities for financial independence for female artists 

  • Providing a platform for women to express themselves artistically 

  • Amplifying women’s voices

  • Providing a space for female artists to own their narratives 

  • Raising awareness on socio-political and socio-cultural issues 

  • Providing a platform to facilitate collaboration between diverse cultural groups  


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Our Story

The story behind De-Orientalizing Art

My name is Shatha Sbeta, and I am the founder of De-Orientalizing Art. I was born and raised in Tripoli, Libya, and I have always been passionate about political and social progress. I lived in many countries and found that Libyan women are misrepresented around the globe. Thinking of ways to intertwine my academic background as a social scientist and passion for women empowerment, I launched De-Orientalizing Art.

Art is a form of expression that has been used by people, societies, and cultures all over the world in different ways. However, when one studies art history, we often learn about Western art movements like cubism and baroque among many others, reflect and represent the Western art movement of Europe. Therefore, art, its market and its value is often associated with a Euro-centric gaze. While these movements are important to study, there comes a point where art from other parts of the world is looked at in relation to Western art, from a perspective of ‘us vs. them’. Art from other parts of the world, therefore, becomes exotic and hence orientalist!

De-Orientalizing Art brings artwork made by Libyan females in Libya. By acknowledging orientalism,  we create an intentional effort to perceive non-Western art, Libyan art in a non-orientalist way. By de-orientalizing art, we deconstruct this ontological and epistemological distinction that we often make subconsciously when we look at art that does not conform nor can be compartmentalized under Euro-centric art moments.


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Team


Shatha Sbeta

Founder

MA in International Studies and BA in Politics and Human Development & Social Relations

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Najla Fitouri

Artist

Open medium of art expression using various styles of oil, acrylic and collage paintings.

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Faiza Ramadan

Artist

Abstract paintings on mixed media

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Rawan Elmuntaser

Artist

Contemporary Abstract oil on canvas and Arabic Calligraphy

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Khuloud Elzwai

Artist

Acrylic and Oil On Canvas

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Shahed Salama

Artist

Abstract artist using oil and acrylic with knife streaks

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Marwa Toumim

Artist

Painter and Sculptor Abstract and Expressionist art

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Siham Saleh

Digital Artist

Architect & Digital Artist Printed art on various mediums

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