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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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65<br />

Country-Specific Information<br />

TEWA BARNOSA<br />

TRAVELLING NARRATIVES<br />

FARAJ ALSILEENI AND<br />

MOHAMED BUSNEINA<br />

KAW-KAW<br />

NAJLAA EL-AGELI<br />

—<br />

QUOTE:<br />

Examples of mobility projects:<br />

Visual artist Tewa Barnosa recently curated an exhibition<br />

titled The Green Book at LeCube <strong>in</strong> Rabat.<br />

The theme of the exhibition was The Green Book,<br />

the manifesto published by Gaddafi <strong>in</strong> 1976 <strong>in</strong> which<br />

he def<strong>in</strong>ed his regime’s ideology. Because Tewa<br />

could not get a visa to Morocco, she curated the<br />

exhibition virtually.<br />

The regional programme Travell<strong>in</strong>g Narratives<br />

brought Libyan artist Suhaib Tantoush to complete<br />

a residency at LeCube <strong>in</strong> Rabat. Travell<strong>in</strong>g Narratives<br />

is a regional program of art <strong>and</strong> research “that<br />

aims to encourage <strong>in</strong>teractions between cultural<br />

agents <strong>in</strong> Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania <strong>and</strong><br />

Libya” through residencies, exhibitions, screen<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

meet<strong>in</strong>gs, workshops <strong>and</strong> conferences. The<br />

program is carried out <strong>in</strong> partnership with Townhouse<br />

Gallery <strong>in</strong> Cairo, Les Ateliers Sauvages <strong>in</strong><br />

Algiers, WaraQ art foundation <strong>and</strong> the cultural<br />

space Diadie Tabara Camara <strong>in</strong> Nouakchott.<br />

Musicians Faraj Alsileeni <strong>and</strong> Mohamed Busne<strong>in</strong>a<br />

of Tanarout performed at the Cyprus Mediterranean<br />

University’s Libyan Day.<br />

Visual artist Hadia Gana participated <strong>in</strong> Kaw-kaw<br />

at Le18 <strong>in</strong> Marrakech, a collective residency organized<br />

around the theme of the Greater Maghreb Union.<br />

Tripoli-born <strong>and</strong> London-based architect Najlaa<br />

El-Ageli has curated 15 exhibitions of Libyan art<br />

<strong>in</strong> various locations <strong>in</strong> Libya <strong>and</strong> Europe through<br />

her curatorial platform Noon <strong>Art</strong>s Projects,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Retrac<strong>in</strong>g</strong> A Disappear<strong>in</strong>g L<strong>and</strong>scape<br />

(2018), an <strong>in</strong>terdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary show on memory <strong>and</strong><br />

personal history <strong>in</strong> Libya.<br />

—<br />

L<br />

I<br />

B<br />

Y<br />

A<br />

—<br />

« Libyan artists cannot rely on the government to<br />

provide places for art. The governments only<br />

care about appropriat<strong>in</strong>g the build<strong>in</strong>gs for themselves<br />

to show off to the others that they’re<br />

stronger. »<br />

Abdul Mohaimen Zarrough<br />

Photographer <strong>and</strong> cultural manager,<br />

Tripoli<br />

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