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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52<br />

Country-Specific Information<br />

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A<br />

L<br />

G<br />

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R<br />

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A<br />

—<br />

—<br />


—<br />

Public adm<strong>in</strong>istrations<br />

While the M<strong>in</strong>istry of Culture has enjoyed a sizeable<br />

budget s<strong>in</strong>ce the 2000s, these funds scarcely benefit<br />

<strong>in</strong>dependent cultural actors wish<strong>in</strong>g to pursue mobility<br />

projects. While applications can be submitted<br />

directly to the M<strong>in</strong>istry, there is no formal<br />

program <strong>and</strong> procedures <strong>in</strong>volve heavy<br />

bureaucracy.<br />

<strong>Mobility</strong> funds have been granted via a<br />

semi-private agency called the Agence<br />

Algérienne pour le Rayonnement Culturel<br />

(AARC), designed to promote Algerian<br />

culture <strong>in</strong>ternationally. It acts primarily<br />

on a sponsorship basis, select<strong>in</strong>g artists<br />

<strong>and</strong> f<strong>in</strong>anc<strong>in</strong>g their participation at <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

events. They may be solicited<br />

directly but <strong>in</strong>terviewees report that it<br />

is exceed<strong>in</strong>gly rare for them to grant<br />

an application as their fund<strong>in</strong>g primarily<br />

goes towards the same groups.<br />

—<br />

« The M<strong>in</strong>istry of Culture<br />

has been out of service<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce 1988. »<br />

Myriam Amroun<br />

Cultural project manager,<br />

Algiers*<br />

—<br />

Annaba, Constant<strong>in</strong>e, Oran, Tlemcen <strong>and</strong> Tizi<br />

Ozou. The Instituto Cervantes, British Council,<br />

Istituto Italiano, Goethe Institut <strong>and</strong> EU Delegation<br />

are also present <strong>in</strong> Algiers.<br />

Non-governmental organizations<br />

Local NGOs do not have the capacity to f<strong>in</strong>ance<br />

mobility projects. Foreign NGOs are very little<br />

known <strong>and</strong> fund<strong>in</strong>g is complicated due to restrictions<br />

on <strong>in</strong>ternational transfers <strong>in</strong>to Algerian<br />

bank accounts (see Lack of fund<strong>in</strong>g below).<br />

Banks <strong>and</strong> large companies<br />

Two <strong>in</strong>terviewees reported that they had<br />

been able to travel thanks to sponsorship<br />

from banks <strong>and</strong> private donors. However,<br />

they noted that such opportunities are becom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

more <strong>and</strong> more limited due to the<br />

general climate of austerity.<br />

—<br />

QUOTE:<br />

« The AARC is run as an executive body of the ‘spare wheel’ m<strong>in</strong>istry,<br />

which practices clientelism, among other th<strong>in</strong>gs, <strong>in</strong> a sector that is eager for<br />

openness <strong>and</strong> facilitation for its actors. They approach the parties they<br />

want without any public transparency, neither about their modes of<br />

operation nor their services. They ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> opaque <strong>and</strong> visionless public <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutional relations. One of their declared missions is to spread<br />

Algerian culture elsewhere - of course, this only applies to artists who align<br />

with the official cultural regime <strong>in</strong> place. »<br />

Malik Chaoui<br />

Co-project manager, Work<strong>in</strong>g Group<br />

on Cultural Policy <strong>in</strong> Algeria,<br />

Algiers*<br />

Bilateral cooperation<br />

Several artists reported that they have had greater<br />

facility obta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g mobility possibilities via <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

cooperation <strong>in</strong>stitutes. The Institut Français<br />

is by far the most active, with branches <strong>in</strong> Algiers,<br />

—<br />

—<br />

QUOTE:<br />

« Algeria is a very closed<br />

country; we often have to<br />

fall back on big Algerian<br />

companies, cultural<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutes <strong>and</strong> embassies to<br />

fund our projects.»<br />

Arslan Naili<br />

Visual artist,<br />

Founder of Atelier N.A.S.,<br />

Algiers*<br />

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