Art Moves Africa: the Mobility Fund of Artists & Cultural Operators within Africa

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Abuja-based visual artist and AMA grantee Amarachi Kelechi Odimba is currently in Arusha, Tanzania to complete a residency at Warm Heart Art Tanzania from December 12 to 30, 2015.

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AMA grantee François-Xavier Gbré recently returned from a trip to Rabat, Morocco, where he completed a residency and organized an exhibition in collaboration with Moroccan illustrator Zineb Benjelloun at Kulte Gallery & Editions. His stay extended from September 15 to 30.

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Yaoundé-based curator Aude Christel Mgba will travel to Casablanca today to take part in the curatorial training program “Madrassa” organized by NGO L’Atelier de l’Observatoire between October 5 and 9.

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Today, AMA grantee Marie-Florine Demosthene travels from Accra, Ghana to Johannesburg, South Africa, to begin a 6-week-long residency at Gallery MOMO (July 4-August 16).

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"My travel from East Africa to the West was a good experience as it was the first in my life. I experienced our people in a more cultural way, some of our traditions were similar and others were differently shaped by religion since the country is 90% Islamic. Their spicy food and fish culture and traditional main sport of wrestling highlighted their authentic African spirit. I loved it.I came back rich in the African Spirit.

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AMA is pleased to announce the grantees of Session 26 (October 2014) of its mobility grants programme. Of the thirty-eight grant applicants, twenty-two were awarded grants:

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As the main aim of the project is to tackle misconceptions, stereotypes and dogmas surrounding the knowledge of life in Africa, it was indeed gratifying to experience Tchad, Sudan and Addis Ababa in a different light. To use Khartoum, Sudan as an example, what we experienced was far from what we know about Sudan in the media.

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The event Rencontres Australes Imaitsoanala (RAI), held on the 6th of August in Ambohimangakely, was definitely a highlight. This event, organised by myself, Cecil Bidaud, Tahina Ratroakavirony, Meghan Judge and Laurent Lafuma, was experimental and ambitious in nature. It gained further momentum as local artists got involved and resulted in an afternoon/evening of presentations of site-specific art installations, dance and circus performances, paintings, projections and music.

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L'apport de mon projet était basé surtout sur le récit actif de la performance que j'ai réalisée en 2006 avec Steven Cohen, mais grâce aux dispositifs numériques mis en place devant le spectateur, cette présentation est devenue un récit en mouvement, réactivé devant les spectateurs. J'ai aussi découvert que l'espace urbain de Dakar permet de faire beaucoup de choses, d'intervenir en tant qu'artiste performeur. Cela m'a donné beaucoup de liberté de me trouver dans un autre pays d'Afrique francophone que le mien.

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AMA is pleased to announce Selection Committee member Christene Eyene's new appointment as Guild Research Fellow – Contemporary Art by the School of Art, Design and Performance, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

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