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

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

  • No tags were found...

Create successful ePaper yourself

Turn your PDF publications into a flip-book with our unique Google optimized e-Paper software.

15<br />

Introduction<br />

Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (Euromed) that<br />

began <strong>in</strong> 1995 as the Barcelona Process as a<br />

means of “turn<strong>in</strong>g the Mediterranean bas<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>to<br />

an area of dialogue, exchange <strong>and</strong> cooperation<br />

guarantee<strong>in</strong>g peace, stability <strong>and</strong> prosperity”<br />

(Barcelona declaration, 1995). At present, all <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Africa</strong>n countries are <strong>in</strong>cluded <strong>in</strong> the partnership,<br />

with the exception of Libya, which possesses<br />

Observer status.<br />

These levels of regionalization are critical for<br />

arts mobility to the extent that they have underp<strong>in</strong>ned<br />

the formation of cultural networks, fund<strong>in</strong>g<br />

schemes <strong>and</strong> thus spaces of exchange. The<br />

fund<strong>in</strong>g l<strong>and</strong>scape <strong>in</strong> <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong> is characterized<br />

by the presence of numerous funds operat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

at the MENA level: the Arab Fund for<br />

<strong>Art</strong>s <strong>and</strong> Culture (AFAC), Al-Mawred<br />

al-Thafaqy <strong>and</strong> Mophradat are the<br />

three most prom<strong>in</strong>ent. At the Euromed<br />

level, there is a plethora of fund<strong>in</strong>g<br />

schemes, among them the Roberto<br />

Cimetta Fund (RCF), the European<br />

Cultural Foundation (ECF) & MitOst’s<br />

T<strong>and</strong>emShaml, the ECF’s STEP Travel<br />

Grants, etc., all of which are ongo<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Other funds, such as SouthMedCV<br />

(2015 <strong>–</strong> 2018), are rolled out with<strong>in</strong> set<br />

timeframes. These funds have allowed for<br />

vital projects, partnerships <strong>and</strong> networks<br />

to emerge across the region.<br />

See Section 3.1.1 for more <strong>in</strong>formation<br />

on Fund<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

In this l<strong>and</strong>scape, <strong>Art</strong> <strong>Moves</strong> <strong>Africa</strong> is<br />

the first mobility fund that has worked<br />

to <strong>in</strong>tegrate <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>in</strong> the rest of<br />

the cont<strong>in</strong>ent. Nevertheless, <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong><br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to be the region that generates<br />

the fewest mobility grant applications.<br />

The question that drives this<br />

research is: why?<br />

—<br />

QUOTE:<br />

« Where did the term<br />

‘Sub-Saharan <strong>Africa</strong>’ come from<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce it never appears <strong>in</strong><br />

colonial literature?<br />

What exactly are the contours<br />

of this ‘region’ s<strong>in</strong>ce it<br />

is not demarcated on any map?<br />

Is it a geographic location or is<br />

it a political construct?<br />

How come Mauritania is<br />

considered Sub-Saharan yet<br />

Sudan is not?<br />

Most importantly, how did we,<br />

as <strong>Africa</strong>ns,<br />

start adher<strong>in</strong>g to the postcolonial<br />

remapp<strong>in</strong>g of our own<br />

spaces <strong>and</strong> identities? »<br />

Jihan El-Tahri<br />

Filmmaker,<br />

Cairo/Berl<strong>in</strong><br />

Quote from RAW Material Company<br />

public lecture,<br />

12 April, 2017.<br />

Hooray! Your file is uploaded and ready to be published.

Saved successfully!

Ooh no, something went wrong!