Ali Al-Wakwak

Ali Al-Wakwak was born in 1947 in Libya. Self-taught as a sculptor, he initially worked with his father making traditional pottery with wood, but later began to use the wood to create typical Libyan pieces, such as figures of the Tuareg people, that sold as tourist souvenirs.

For forty years, Al-Wakwak used his small pieces to depict the reality of the Libyan experience within the context of oppression. By making the faceless and expressionless wooden masks onto the Tuareg figures, he was able to convey his anger and frustration at the lack of freedom.

Now Al-Wakwak, who was in prison for seven years during the 1980s for refusing to go to war and fight in Chad, can finally express himself without any political restraint or other limitation to his creations.

During and after the February 17th Revolution, he has taken his work to great new levels and has been busy working without stop. By using and recycling the leftover war material, he is creating sculptures that are truly unique to the Libyan people and their recent past.

With heavy and rusty scrap metal, iron, military helmets, bullets, bullet shells, the two most incredible of his projects are 'The Dinosaur' sculpture - that is a 35-metres high shape to represent the old regime now become extinct - and 'The Faces of War', that is a collection of 200 old rusty metal helmets placed on rods with sad faces engraved on them.

Al-Wakwak's other iconic sculptures include a female freedom fighter made as a tribute to the Libyan women who fought and took an active role in the Revolution, large insects like ants intended with a pinch of a Libyan irony, figures of other animals and children.

His work has been exhibited in Libya, most recently at The Benghazi Art Exhibition in Benghazi, Libya in 2011 and in 2013 he will have an exhibition in Italy.

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Ali Al-Wakwak's Work

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