“Would Libya be different? Would it be a different world? Something told us so. Something would be there for us.”
Centered around the 2011 Libyan Revolution, Libyan Sugar is a road trip through a war zone, detailed through phone camera photographs, journal entries, and written communication with family and colleagues. A record of Michael Christopher Brown’s life both inside and outside Libya during that year, the work is about a young man going to war for the first time and his experience of that age-old desire to get as close as possible to a conflict in order to discover something about war and something about himself—perhaps a certain definition of life and death.
Michael was raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. Since 2012 his work has explored the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His book Libyan Sugar was produced with a phone camera during seven months of the 2011 Libyan Revolution. His second book, Yo Soy Fidel, which documents Cubans observing Fidel Castro’s funeral cortège in 2016, was exhibited at the 2018 Rencontres d’Arles.