Message from the Co-Founders of Noon Arts

Najlaa El-Ageli:

"I've led a nomadic lifestyle since birth and consider myself a global citizen. I've also come to firmly believe that the arts are the windows to a culture.

"One of my first experiences was as a twelve-year-old strolling through the Uffezi Gallery in Florence and realizing the powerful immediate impact of the artwork.

Libya, my home country, was a deep concept embedded in my childhood memories by my parents. In the last 30 years, we would occasionally visit and I could already see the hidden beauty of the country's culture and its amazing people.

"The diversity of the Libyans and their unusual social, religious, economic and political situation is something I've always wanted the rest of the world to know and understand.

"Libya's arts have also existed for thousands of years. The first cave paintings are in the southern mountains and still on display.

"History has also kindly brushed Libya's cultural fabric with strokes from the ancient Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, Berber, Amazigh, Arab, Jewish, African as well as Italian lines, colours and influences.

"Noon as a project was inspired in April 2012, when I was strolling around a basic art exhibition held as part of the Tripoli Fair. I was impressed and mesmerized by the rich quality of the work and realized it had to be brought to the international stage.

"Now, Libya's rich artistic scene can finally be delivered and given the credit it deserves, with all of its rawness, vibrancy and beauty.

"Nessrin and I want Noon to be the bridge for Libyan artists and help set their careers, so that their work can be presented, tested, recognised and marketed to the rest of the world."

Nessrin Gebreel:

"The Arts have always been a way for a person or a country to express themselves. My love of the creative world has always been inspired by my family and especially by my mother, who is an exceptional artist and textile designer.

"Having been estranged from Libya for over 30 years, it is during this new era of liberty and rebirth of the country that I am rediscovering my birthplace. Mostly, I am proud by the quality, energy and purity of the artwork we came across.

"During the uprising last year, the Libyans didn't just fight with guns and risk their lives, they also expressed themselves through the arts. With a newfound personal freedom, street graffiti, paintings and revolutionary music exploded throughout the revolution and now post-revolution.

"Libya is fascinating in its diversity and rich culture. It is also bursting with electric potential that excites me professionally and personally, as my career is about identifying talent, nurturing creativity and driving it towards commercial success.

"I see Noon as an opportunity for myself and the world to learn more about Libya, its contemporary art and the creative hub that is waiting to show off itself and gain the recognition it truly deserves. Najlaa, my partner in this venture, and I look forward to introducing it to you all."

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