This workshop will focus on processes of creating, disseminating and undoing narratives in the interplay between cultural heritage, migration and constructions of place.
What do we mean by North and South? What are the politics involved? How might artistic enquiry and art residencies delve into and problematise these questions of geography and place?
What would help artists on a residency? What sort of support is needed? How do we foster artist-led exchanges? Working with academics and practitioners in different fields, for example in Psychology, Politics, and Geography?
The main aim of the workshop was to understand the cultural context in Tunisia and to explore ways in which collaboration could be developed. The need expressed was that collaboration should be done directly between artists and organisations and this was the right time to recalibrate relationships.
This workshop marks the first step for an ongoing consultation with arts and culture organisations, projects, initiatives, artists… in North Africa and for developing incrementally a series of bilateral exchanges. In time these may develop into multilateral programmes. They will be disseminated through platforms dedicated to critical reflection, knowledge exchange and public engagement, supported by digital dissemination.
The extraordinary richness of the sector in Morocco became very apparent during a lively discussion about the condition of Morocco’s arts infrastructure. Bricolage, a recurring word, was used to describe the process of making it happen. The result is an extraordinary combination of enormous commitment to art with the most ingenious creativity to enable a powerful artistic expression.