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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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Summary of Outcomes<br />

For the 2016 edition of Ségou <strong>Art</strong> <strong>in</strong> Mali, artists Wadi Mhiri <strong>and</strong> Houda Gorbel created “Conta<strong>in</strong>ers for a<br />

Cont<strong>in</strong>ent,” a float<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stallation composed of calabashes unified by iron wire <strong>and</strong> set upon the Niger river.<br />

In the artists’ words: “The union of the calabashes represents the dream of a unified <strong>Africa</strong>, without any<br />

border, enriched by its civilizations <strong>and</strong> cultural mixture. It’s about a dream right to the doorstep, r<strong>and</strong>omly<br />

launched <strong>in</strong> the flow of the river as an <strong>in</strong>vocation of the sky for a better tomorrow.”<br />

Photos courtesy of Wadi Mhiri.

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