“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. 


About the Name


The orientalist framework is a framework of perception that operates on power based off us versus them rhetoric (west vs. other). Orientalism is a corporate institution for dealing with the orient (anything not Western); by making statements about it, authorizing views of it and ruling over it. It is a style of thought based upon an ontological and epistemological distinction between the orient and the occident.


Acknowledging the existence of such framework of perception creates intentional effort to perceive non-Western art in a non-orientalist way. It is means to consciously deconstruct the ontological and epistemological distinctions that we make subconsciously. 


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

Mission Statement

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  


Vision Statement

Use art as a medium to influence societal change.

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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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Blog


Preserving Libya's Cultural Heritage Through Pop-Art: The Story of Alla Budabbus
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The story of a Libyan artist who preserves Libya's cultural heritage through pop-art

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De-Orientalizing Art: A platform for Libyan female artists to share their work
1 min read

This article is coped from The Popular Chorus, a platform dedicated to the art, literature and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.

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Interview with Libya Abroad: What is De-Orientalizing Art and why is it important
5 min read

Founder of De-Orientalizing Art, Shatha Sbeta, was interviewed by Libya Abroad to talk about De-Orientalizing Art, its mission and vision and why it is important.

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International Women's Day: Persistence, Voice and Rightfully Hers
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De-Orientalizing art is an example of a creative social entrepreneurship initiative that works to empower women to lead fulfilling lives by supporting their creative abilities, recognizing their roles in changing the society, and providing them opportunities for financial independence.

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How Art Can Dismantle Fear and Cultivate Cultural Understanding
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Art has the ability to dismantle fear and cultivating cultural understanding by challenging the current narratives portrayed by politics, which aim to fragment people and create imaginable barriers to their connection. De-Orientalizing Art is a social enterprise that aims to break these barriers through art.

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Giving Meaning and Communicating Emotions: The Importance of Art in Creating Change
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Art plays a vital role in shaping and changing the political, social and cultural infrastructure of society. It is a powerful tool for change and progress.

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