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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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Country-Specific Information<br />

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YARA MEKAWEI<br />

ELHAM KATTAB<br />

CONTEMPORARY<br />

IMAGE COLLECTIVE<br />

Examples of mobility projects:<br />

Sound <strong>and</strong> video artist Yara Mekawei attended<br />

the Lagos <strong>and</strong> Dakar biennales. She has s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

founded a pan-<strong>Africa</strong>n radio station named<br />

Radio Submar<strong>in</strong>e, which broadcasts one hour of<br />

sound art <strong>and</strong> alternative music (historical <strong>and</strong><br />

contemporary) from a different <strong>Africa</strong>n country<br />

every week.<br />

Digital artist Elham Kattab has been collaborat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with curators across <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong> on a new<br />

platform named Digi-MENA. The first phase was a<br />

mapp<strong>in</strong>g research of digital artists <strong>in</strong> the region,<br />

produced <strong>in</strong> collaboration with Moroccan curator<br />

Nouha Ben Yebdri <strong>and</strong> Algerian curator Taoufiq<br />

Douib. She is also co-organiz<strong>in</strong>g a Digital <strong>Art</strong>s<br />

Festival with Douib, which is set to take place<br />

<strong>in</strong> Algeria later this year.<br />

The Contemporary Image Collective <strong>in</strong> Cairo is<br />

part of the Centres of Learn<strong>in</strong>g for Photography<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Africa</strong> Network, which l<strong>in</strong>ks organizations<br />

across the cont<strong>in</strong>ent to develop critical th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on photography. They have met <strong>in</strong> different<br />

countries across the cont<strong>in</strong>ent, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Ug<strong>and</strong>a,<br />

South <strong>Africa</strong>, Lesotho, Rw<strong>and</strong>a <strong>and</strong> RDC.<br />

LAILA SOLIMAN<br />

Egypt’s visa policy is one of the most restrictive<br />

<strong>in</strong> the region. Visas are required for citizens of<br />

all <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong>n countries above the age of 14,<br />

with the exception of Libyan women who may<br />

enter visa-free. Nationals of all <strong>Africa</strong>n countries,<br />

with the exception of South Sudan, must apply<br />

for a visa.<br />

Egypt has good flight connections to<br />

<strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong> via EgyptAir as well as AirAlgérie,<br />

Tunisair <strong>and</strong> Royal Air Maroc, which all fly<br />

to Cairo. Egyptair has developed its connections<br />

southward, with connections to several<br />

East <strong>Africa</strong>n countries, as well as South <strong>Africa</strong>,<br />

Zimbabwe <strong>and</strong> Zambia <strong>in</strong> Southern <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

Nigeria, Ghana <strong>and</strong> Côte d’Ivoire <strong>in</strong> West <strong>Africa</strong>.<br />

Other dest<strong>in</strong>ations may be reached via Addis<br />

Ababa.<br />

Playwright <strong>and</strong> theatre director Laila Soliman<br />

has been pursu<strong>in</strong>g projects <strong>in</strong> Senegal <strong>and</strong> South<br />

<strong>Africa</strong>. In 2017, she attended a residency at<br />

RAW Material Company <strong>in</strong> Dakar <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> 2018,<br />

directed a theatre production titled “Museum<br />

of Lungs,” featur<strong>in</strong>g South <strong>Africa</strong>n composer/<br />

multi-<strong>in</strong>strumentalist Neo Muyanga <strong>and</strong> writer/<br />

performer Stacy Hardy.

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