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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Conclusion & Recommendations<br />

CON—<br />

CLU—<br />

SION &<br />

RE COM—<br />

MENDA—<br />

TIONS<br />

The importance of support<strong>in</strong>g mobility<br />

for artists <strong>and</strong> cultural actors <strong>in</strong> <strong>North</strong><br />

<strong>Africa</strong> cannot be stressed enough. <strong>Art</strong>ists<br />

young <strong>and</strong> older want to see new vistas, meet fellow<br />

creatives, share perspectives, learn new techniques <strong>and</strong><br />

learn about themselves <strong>and</strong> one another. This desire for<br />

exchange was shared by all 90 artists <strong>and</strong> cultural operators<br />

<strong>in</strong>terviewed.<br />

It is a desire that is shared with artists all over the world <strong>–</strong><br />

travel, tour<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> circulation have repeatedly been underscored<br />

as necessities for the creative vocation. However,<br />

mobility takes on special characteristics, resonances <strong>and</strong><br />

stakes <strong>in</strong> the <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong>n context. In the wake of the<br />

2011 revolutions <strong>and</strong> the upris<strong>in</strong>gs, conflicts, <strong>and</strong> peaceful<br />

movements of dissent that followed, a strong push toward<br />

discovery <strong>and</strong> solidarity has unfolded across the region.<br />

Old barriers of authoritarianism, isolationism <strong>and</strong> restricted<br />

freedoms have been lifted (albeit with uneven follow-through<br />

<strong>and</strong> worry<strong>in</strong>g trends emerg<strong>in</strong>g); neighbours have felt like<br />

they can f<strong>in</strong>ally see each other <strong>and</strong> get to know one another.

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