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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7<br />

Key Messages<br />

KEY<br />

MES —<br />

SAGES<br />

1.<br />

The mobility of artists <strong>and</strong> cultural operators is a right, not a privilege.<br />

2.<br />

Desire for mobility is very strong amongst artists <strong>and</strong> cultural<br />

practitioners, <strong>in</strong> <strong>North</strong>-South, East-West <strong>and</strong> South-South directions.<br />

a) <strong>North</strong>-South mobility rema<strong>in</strong>s important, namely for tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>and</strong> opportunities to connect with a greater diversity of<br />

<strong>in</strong>terlocutors.<br />

b) East-West <strong>and</strong> South-South mobility are important axes<br />

to develop <strong>in</strong> the <strong>in</strong>terest of explor<strong>in</strong>g shared histories,<br />

nurtur<strong>in</strong>g creative synergies <strong>and</strong> develop<strong>in</strong>g solidarity.<br />

3.<br />

There is an urgent need to work at the level of the imag<strong>in</strong>ation, desire<br />

<strong>and</strong> dream<strong>in</strong>g <strong>–</strong> to nurture exist<strong>in</strong>g desire for South-South exchange<br />

<strong>and</strong> to create it where it does not yet exist.<br />

a) Promote network<strong>in</strong>g amongst <strong>Africa</strong>n cultural actors: meet<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

go-<strong>and</strong>-see tours, residencies, etc.<br />

b) Promote <strong>in</strong>formation-shar<strong>in</strong>g: onl<strong>in</strong>e platforms, <strong>in</strong>formation<br />

hubs, key people <strong>and</strong> ambassadors.<br />

4.<br />

<strong>Mobility</strong> can only improve if political <strong>and</strong> adm<strong>in</strong>istrative barriers are<br />

addressed <strong>and</strong> lifted.<br />

a) There is an urgent need for mobilization amongst cultural actors<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Africa</strong>, Europe <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternationally to document <strong>and</strong><br />

denounce <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly restrictive visa policies, especially from<br />

the Schengen space.<br />

b) Advocate for greater underst<strong>and</strong><strong>in</strong>g of the stakes <strong>and</strong> importance<br />

of artistic mobility.<br />

5.<br />

<strong>Mobility</strong> is not simply about quantitative factors but about the quality<br />

of the experience at the creative <strong>and</strong> human levels.<br />

a) The human <strong>and</strong> creative dimensions of the mobility experience<br />

must be central <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>itiatives geared at promot<strong>in</strong>g arts mobility.

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