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Art Moves Africa – Retracing Roots and Tracing New Routes: Mobility and Touring in North Africa

A study by Lara Bourdin for Art Moves Africa, October 2019

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101<br />

Conclusion & Recommendations<br />

—<br />

QUOTE:<br />

« <strong>Mobility</strong> is marvelous, yes. But beyond that statement, is there a real reflection<br />

on the purpose of mobility <strong>–</strong> if there is a purpose? If there is exchange, where is it? What<br />

exchange? […] We need to create a real need for travel; travel for someth<strong>in</strong>g true,<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g useful. For the person who travels <strong>and</strong> the one who hosts, <strong>and</strong> the one<br />

who watches the show. Otherwise it’s just l<strong>in</strong>es on a report. »<br />

—<br />

QUOTE:<br />

« There is a big need for structures<br />

or government-supported <strong>in</strong>itiatives<br />

that underst<strong>and</strong> the value of cultural<br />

policy <strong>–</strong> it is still not well established <strong>in</strong><br />

the whole cont<strong>in</strong>ent.»<br />

Leila Toubel<br />

Theatre actor, dramaturg <strong>and</strong> activist,<br />

Tunis*<br />

—<br />

6.<br />

Re-center the<br />

purpose of mobility:<br />

creative <strong>and</strong> human<br />

exchange<br />

Mohamed Ghazala<br />

Professor, Vice President of the<br />

International Association of Animation<br />

filmmakers (ASIFA),<br />

Cairo / Jeddah<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ally, it seems essential to ensure that the immensely<br />

valuable experiences that can emerge from mobility<br />

<strong>and</strong> tour<strong>in</strong>g are protected <strong>and</strong> that mobility does not<br />

become a purely utilitarian or mercantile concept.<br />

—<br />

—<br />

QUOTE:<br />

« As far as the <strong>Africa</strong>n cont<strong>in</strong>ent is concerned, I’ve<br />

had the opportunity to travel several times<br />

to Senegal, to Côte d’Ivoire, to Tunisia…<br />

[<strong>and</strong>] those have also been the only times <strong>in</strong> my life<br />

that I’ve been able to travel without a visa! That has been<br />

just amaz<strong>in</strong>g. You feel normal! You travel with<br />

your passport <strong>and</strong> that’s it, it’s great. There are no<br />

appo<strong>in</strong>tments to be made months <strong>in</strong> advance, no<br />

endless application forms to complete, no<br />

humiliations at the consulate, no credentials to show,<br />

nor bank statements, nor other personal documents, to<br />

prove that your credit is <strong>in</strong> good st<strong>and</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> that<br />

you’re not go<strong>in</strong>g to try to “immigrate illegally”…<br />

Basically, it’s just normal, it’s “fair” <strong>and</strong> it feels good. »<br />

Z<strong>in</strong>eb Benjelloun<br />

Visual artist,<br />

Casablanca*<br />

6.1 Advocate for the human <strong>and</strong> creative necessity<br />

of mobility through creative <strong>and</strong> compell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

forms, foreground<strong>in</strong>g artists’ experiences <strong>and</strong><br />

creative expressions<br />

6.2 Create opportunities for duplication <strong>and</strong> multiplication<br />

of meet<strong>in</strong>gs, <strong>in</strong> the <strong>in</strong>terest of allow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

people to meet several times<br />

6.3 Cover accommodation <strong>and</strong> per-diems for<br />

the full duration of festivals <strong>and</strong> potentially<br />

beyond, <strong>in</strong> the <strong>in</strong>terest of allow<strong>in</strong>g artists to<br />

network, imbue themselves with new places<br />

<strong>and</strong> envision new ideas without the stress of<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g to return home immediately<br />

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