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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 />

L’ART RUE<br />

CENTRE ARABO-AFRICAIN DE<br />

FORMATION ET DE<br />

RECHERCHE THÉÂTRALE<br />

LAB619<br />

JISER<br />

FANNI RAGHMAN ANNI<br />

AND AL-MADINA<br />

WADI MHIRI<br />

HAFEDH ZALLIT<br />

PROJET BERKA 174<br />

LANG’ART<br />

ASSOCIATION DANSEURS<br />

CITOYENS<br />

JOURNÉES CHORÉGRAPHIQUES<br />

DE CARTHAGE<br />

Examples of mobility projects<br />

Multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary arts centre L’<strong>Art</strong> Rue has hosted<br />

a number of <strong>Africa</strong>n artists through its residency<br />

program, as well as through its flagship bi-annual<br />

event, Dream City (Biennale of contemporary art<br />

<strong>in</strong> public space).<br />

The Centre arabo-africa<strong>in</strong> de formation et de<br />

recherche théâtrale has tra<strong>in</strong>ed more than 367<br />

theatre practitioners <strong>in</strong> the Arab world <strong>and</strong> <strong>Africa</strong><br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce its open<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2001.<br />

Lab619 attended their first residency at Festival<br />

de la BD <strong>in</strong> Alger. They now have a partnership<br />

with Algerian artists.<br />

The JISER network aims to stimulate exchanges<br />

around contemporary art <strong>and</strong> research. It l<strong>in</strong>ks<br />

Algiers, Tunis <strong>and</strong> Barcelona.<br />

Tunis-based arts <strong>and</strong> cultural rights organization<br />

Fanni Raghman Anni <strong>and</strong> Al-Mad<strong>in</strong>a (Alex<strong>and</strong>ria)<br />

have a cultural exchange partnership.<br />

Visual artist Wadi Mhiri is now a co-organizer<br />

for Ségou <strong>Art</strong>s <strong>in</strong> Ségou, Mali, after attend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

several editions of the festival.<br />

Dancer/choreographer Hafedh Zallit recently led<br />

masterclasses at Karemba Studios <strong>in</strong> Bamako,<br />

Mali as part of Projet Berka 174. Named after the<br />

old slave market <strong>in</strong> Tunis’ med<strong>in</strong>a, the project<br />

aims to excavate the mémoire du lieu to br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>to focus <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>terrogate present-day questions<br />

of racism <strong>and</strong> religious, nationalist <strong>and</strong><br />

economic conflict.<br />

Lang’art arts centre <strong>and</strong> Association Danseurs<br />

Citoyens are launch<strong>in</strong>g the first Tuniso-<strong>Africa</strong>n<br />

festival of dance this year.<br />

The 2019 edition of the Journées chorégraphiques<br />

de Carthage, directed by Mariem Guellouz,<br />

had a focus on <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>and</strong> the Arab world.<br />

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