Centered around the 2011 Libyan Revolution, Libyan Sugar is a road trip through a war zone, detailed through 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.
“When the Libyan uprising became a war, my old curiosity about war unfolded in front of me and I followed it.“
“Both Libya and I changed that year. I came to see war and was awakened to mortality.“
“Would Libya be different? Would it be a different world? Something told us so. Something would be there for us. Danger, excitement, importance, freedom, death. Perhaps all of these.“
“A bullet passed through my right calf, feeling like a rock thrown by a schoolyard bully. While running, I looked down and blood was streaming into my shoe.“