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 />

i) Economic considerations: there is a sense that artists’<br />

fees will be lower <strong>in</strong> <strong>Africa</strong> than Europe, if not nonexistent.<br />

(On the other h<strong>and</strong>, many artists reported<br />

that they would gladly play or perform for free if it<br />

meant they got the chance to travel to another <strong>Africa</strong>n<br />

region).<br />

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4.<br />



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QUOTE:<br />

« <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong>n artists often want to be connected with<br />

Europe more than <strong>Africa</strong>. Many Egyptian artists will prefer<br />

to have a screen<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a small city <strong>in</strong> Europe than <strong>in</strong> an<br />

<strong>Africa</strong>n capital. »<br />

Mohamed Ghazala<br />

Professor, Vice President of the International Association<br />

of Animation filmmakers (ASIFA),<br />

Cairo / Jeddah<br />

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—<br />

While most artists <strong>in</strong>terviewed expressed strong motivation<br />

to travel to other parts of <strong>Africa</strong>, many described an overall<br />

climate of unease surround<strong>in</strong>g identification to <strong>Africa</strong> as a<br />

possible factor expla<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g low mobility with<strong>in</strong> the cont<strong>in</strong>ent.<br />

This difficulty can be described as a spectrum rang<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

uncerta<strong>in</strong> identification to ambient racism (present <strong>in</strong> all<br />

countries covered by the study). This climate nourishes<br />

misconceptions with respect to travel <strong>in</strong> <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>and</strong>/or<br />

motivates preference for travel to the West.<br />

It should also be noted that some respondents noted a<br />

sense of discrim<strong>in</strong>ation on the part of colleagues from West,<br />

East, South or Central <strong>Africa</strong>. They said this discrim<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

was expressed <strong>in</strong> several forms, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g exclusion from<br />

pan-<strong>Africa</strong>n events; lack of overtures <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>vitations; <strong>and</strong><br />

explicit attributions of difference (e.g., “You’re not like us”).<br />

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Unless they have made a dedicated or<br />

concerted effort to seek out opportunities <strong>in</strong><br />

the region or <strong>in</strong> other <strong>Africa</strong>n regions, artists<br />

<strong>and</strong> cultural operators tend to be unaware of<br />

exist<strong>in</strong>g events, networks, residencies, etc.<br />

Aggravat<strong>in</strong>g factors:<br />

a) There is a lack of active <strong>and</strong> up-to-date<br />

databases <strong>and</strong> platforms gather<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong><br />

dissem<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>formation about opportunities<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Africa</strong>, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g about fund<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

b) Exist<strong>in</strong>g platforms (e.g., Culture Fund<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Watch, Music <strong>in</strong> <strong>Africa</strong>, On the Move) are<br />

not necessarily well-known.<br />

c) There is a lack of opportunities for <strong>in</strong>person<br />

contact <strong>and</strong> network<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

d) Lack of professionalization means that<br />

artists often do not have the <strong>in</strong>tuition,<br />

education or confidence to seek out<br />

opportunities.<br />

e) There are not enough professional cultural<br />

operators who can assist artists with<br />

research, connect them with <strong>in</strong>formation,<br />

etc. There are also not enough tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

opportunities for such operators.

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