Libya – Off the Wall emerges from the journalistic need to document the Arab Spring of 2011 and the transitional Government of Liberation established in the following months. The desire is to explore the very core of Libya. Together with a social investigation, performed in collaboration with Cesvi, the first Italian NGO to intervene in this crisis, the United Nations and various international NGOs, the exhibition presents an iconographic research on the Libyan culture and landscape. “While in one part of the country people were killing each other” – says the author – “in other parts there was a serenity, bordering on normality, that offered space to the mind to appreciate the beauty of the country”.

Cesvi works in Libya to provide health assistance in the detention centres for illegal immigrants and asylum seekers. www.cesvi.org

Giovanni Diffidenti has lived and worked in Libya from June 2011 until November 2012.

He dreams to publish a photographic book on the Libyan reality.

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(Top) Tripoli Street after liberation, Misurata. (Bottom) A moment of prayer, Benghazi.

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(Top) Waterfalls near Derna, formerly the capital of Cyrenaica. (Bottom) The city of Sirte after liberation.

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(Top) Fighting to win the city of Zlitan. (Bottom) A football game in the neighbourhood of Sabaa October, Tripoli.

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(Top) A Libyan rebel rips Gaddafi’s flag during the battle of Tawergha. (Bottom) Marching in the streets of Benghazi with the new Libyan flag.

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(Top) Underground secret detention camp, Benghazi. (Bottom) Ghadames oasis near the borders with Algeria and Tunisia. UNESCO World Heritage site.

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(Top) The city of Tripoli. (Bottom) Illegal immigrant in Al Qatrum, Southern Libya.

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