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

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Summary of Outcomes<br />

As such, connections between Alger / Tunis / Tripoli,<br />

<strong>and</strong> dest<strong>in</strong>ations <strong>in</strong> West, Central, East <strong>and</strong> Southern<br />

<strong>Africa</strong> generally go via Casablanca. EgyptAir has<br />

connections with several East <strong>Africa</strong>n countries,<br />

as well as South <strong>Africa</strong>, Zimbabwe <strong>and</strong> Zambia <strong>in</strong><br />

Southern <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>and</strong> Nigeria, Ghana <strong>and</strong> Côte d’Ivoire<br />

<strong>in</strong> West <strong>Africa</strong>. Other dest<strong>in</strong>ations may be reached<br />

via Addis Ababa.<br />

Despite these developments, cost rema<strong>in</strong>s a major<br />

impediment to air travel. Travel to Europe rema<strong>in</strong>s<br />

less expensive than travel with<strong>in</strong> the cont<strong>in</strong>ent, even<br />

on l<strong>in</strong>es such as Tunis <strong>–</strong> Alger.<br />

—<br />

QUOTE:<br />

3.2.<br />

Impediments to<br />

mobility<br />

Impediments to mobility<br />

are listed below, grouped<br />

<strong>in</strong>to 11 ma<strong>in</strong> categories.<br />

However, it should be noted that many of these<br />

impediments are related <strong>and</strong> often difficult to<br />

dissociate. For example, the lack of <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong><br />

travell<strong>in</strong>g to other <strong>Africa</strong>n regions is critically<br />

related to the lack of <strong>in</strong>formation-shar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong><br />

network<strong>in</strong>g. The difficulty of obta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g visas<br />

is often compounded by high travel costs,<br />

with one or the other discourag<strong>in</strong>g artists or<br />

cultural professionals from even seek<strong>in</strong>g out<br />

mobility opportunities. Visa issues are cited<br />

most frequently <strong>in</strong> part because artists associate<br />

travel with Europe <strong>and</strong> do not consider<br />

travel opportunities <strong>in</strong> other countries where<br />

they may have visa-free access.<br />

« We need to talk about<br />

non-mobility. We need to talk<br />

about artists’ stagnation. And<br />

we need to fight aga<strong>in</strong>st that<br />

stagnation. »<br />

Mehdi Djelil<br />

Visual artist, Algiers*<br />

—<br />

Moreover, most of these obstacles can be<br />

l<strong>in</strong>ked to the after-effects of colonialism, nationalisms<br />

<strong>and</strong> wars, <strong>and</strong> the persistence of<br />

neo-colonialism <strong>in</strong> the form of development<br />

agendas, regionalization, conflict, etc. This reality<br />

underscores the importance of mobility as a<br />

means of strengthen<strong>in</strong>g South-South solidarity,<br />

underst<strong>and</strong><strong>in</strong>g, co-imag<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, vision-shar<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

knowledge-shar<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> project-build<strong>in</strong>g.

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