Set to be held from 15 to 28 October 2018, the 3rd annual GrigriPixel, is an award-winning programme that aims to explore practices of cultural cooperation and citizenship between Africa and Europe.
Named for the West African term for objects used as charms, the programme promotes the fabrication of "grigris" – magical objects – to intervene in urban spaces, encouraging the application of art strategies and digital manufacturing tools to develop a network of collaborative and experimental practices from both continents.
This year’s iteration of the GrigriPixel is set to focus on the idea of the “Right to the City”, with the selected projects considering the city’s function as a place for meeting, living, and for collective creativity.
Have a look at this year’s African representatives:
Abdellah Hassak - Casablanca, Morocco
A sound artist and music producer from Casablanca, Abdellah Hassak is currently engaged in a project called Musée Collectif. The project is the result of research, reflection and creations by groups of artists, activists, students, children and residents who work in their neighborhoods to recover unknown stories.
The project is implemented through a series of workshops, meetings and temporary exhibitions in various neighbourhoods.
A process of rewriting the city’s history by its citizens, the Musée Collectif will store objects, documents, archives and testimonies of the inhabitants about the memory of their neighborhoods through micro-stories.
Faty Mamadou Kane - Nouakchott, Mauritania
Faty Mamadou Kane is an active participant at the The Sahel Fablab in Nouakchott. The Fablab is open to students, entrepreneurs, DIY enthusiasts and anyone who wants to discover and learn.
The Sahel Fablab is part of the global FabLab network and, through the exchange of skills, it’s here that Kane developed the creativity and inventiveness she’s taken to the Femmes & TIC association.
It aims to provide women of all ages with the necessary knowledge to take ownership of digital tools, facilitating their empowerment and professional integration.
Mama Koné - Bamako, Mali
An accomplished artist and musician from Mali, Mama Koné is involved in the region’s the ARTS-FEMMES festival, organised by The “Côté-Court” Cultural Association.
A biennial event, its last edition took place from 29 March to 1 April 2018 in Bamako.
Its main objective is to recognise the place and role of women in artistic creation. Its organisers are committed to art, and in particular to theatre in public spaces, as a tool for education and citizen empowerment in its country, as well as carrying out training in the different branches of the performing arts with a gendered focus.
Mmakhotso Lamola - Cape Town, South Africa
An architectural graduate, Mmakhotso Lamola is particularly inspired by how the concepts of place and emotion intertwine when thinking about cities, design and people’s experiences.
Her Limbic Resonance research project seeks to unearth narratives and experiences of queer, people of colour and women living in Cape Town and materialise them through a series of interactive installations and web content.
The project focuses on the limbic resonance of empathy, which is a non-verbal connection existing in all animals.
Find out more about GrigriPixel 2018 here.
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