DAY 1 (Amsterdam – Bamako)
Information meeting at Schiphol Airport
Flight to Bamako, Mali
Check in at hotel, Bamako
DAY 2 (Bamako)
Conservatoire des arts et métiers multimédia, Koulouba, BP. 159 – Tél. + 223 20 22 02 17 – email@example.com
Meet Abdoulaye Konate.
Le Conservatoire des Arts et Multimédia Balla Fasséké Kouyaté est un établissements d’enseignement supérieur, qui assurent la formation artistique et professionnelle de créateurs dans le domaine des arts plastiques, de la musique, de la danse et des métiers multimédia. C’est un établissement public à caractère scientifique, technologique et culturel, doté de la personnalité morale et de l’autonomie financière. Il à son sein un Conseil d’Administration. L’école a une capacité d’accueil maximum de 300 étudiants.
Abdoulaye Konaté studied painting in Bamako, Mali and then Havana, Cuba. He later combined his painting skills with installation work to make a powerful commentary on political and environmental affairs. In the 1990’s he took up one of the great issues for West Africa – the encroachment of the Sahel. Since the millennium, his work depicts another – the devastating effects of AIDS on society and on individuals. His questioning of the political, social and economic scenes in contemporary Mali is evident in how AIDS, wars, ecological issues, human rights, globalisation affects all aspects of life and individuals within society. Much of his large scale work is textile-based, a medium which is more readily available than paints. Abdoulaye Konaté has worked as a graphic designer at the Musee National in Bamako and in 1998, he was appointed Director of the Palais de la Culture. He is now Director of the Conservatoire for Arts & Media in Bamako. He has received several awards and in 2002, he received the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mali and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France. Abdoulaye Konaté was born in Diré, Mali in 1953 and lives and works in Bamako, Mali. Recent exhibitions include Documenta 12, 2007 and Africa Remix, Contemporary Art of a Continent in 2005 at the Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf.
National Museum of Mali, Director: Samuel Sidibe: firstname.lastname@example.org | Current exhibition
The history of the National Museum of Mali can be traced Back to colonial times. It is closely linked to the history of the Institut Français d’Afrique Noire or IFAN (French Institute for Black Africa), created in Dakar in 1936 with a mandate for developing research in the colonized territories. The creation of a local branch of the IFAN in the French Sudan in 1951, gave rise to the foundation of the Museum, first called the Sudanese Museum of the IFAN. Built of stabilized “banco” and inaugurated in 1982, the present building housing the Museum is inspired by traditional architectural forms. The exhibition halls are on one side and on the administrative and technical services are on the other. Today the National Museum has a collection of 6,000 pieces made up essentially of objects of ethnographic and archaeological interest, a photographic collection with estimated holdings of some 40,000 black and white prints and 12,000 slides, a tape collection of 500 audio cassettes and 300 video cassettes, of which fifteen are documentaries. Apart from a number of musical instruments, which survived previous numerous moves and poor conservation conditions, the traditional musical instruments, exhibited during the 1978 Biennial, constituted the first musical heritage collection of the Museum. The major part of the Museum¹s musical heritage holdings, however, was established as a result of the Musical Heritage Study and Collection Project, which, through five years of fieldwork, assembled 150 musical instruments and accessories, 274 audio cassettes, 121 hours of video recordings, 5,472 black and white prints and 5,904 slides.
Cheick Diallo will take us to a recycle market.
Aida Duplessis, FASO KANU – BP E 365 – Bamako – Mali
Aida Duplessis is a textile designer living in Bamako, she mixes organic cotton with natural fibres such as vetiver and uses natural dyes. She insists that all her products are chemical free. She is also a regular exhibitor at Paris Maison & Objet . Aida works with interior designers and intends to implant ‘Made in Mali’ worldwide.
Diner with group and invitees at San Toro, Route de Koulikoro, Hippodrome Le Santoro, Avenue alqoods – Bamako, Tél.: (+223) 20 22 30 32
Guest: Awa Meita (designer and organiser of Festival “Rencontres autour du coton” , Awa Meita largely draws her inspiration from African traditions to which she gives her personal touch, with her ever-present goal of valuing locally-produced materials: Tuareg leather-work, Dogon silver threads, mats from Niger made out of natural fibers, traditional african bowls from Burkina Faso, etc. But cotton from Mali- her country of origin, and the leading producer of white gold in sub-Saharan Africa- is what he cherishes most, calling it “the most precious material that is”.The defining aspect of this artist’s work, her main commitment and passion: the promotion of a positive image of Africa, her many treasures, and her place in this world.Year after year, Awa’s work has remained focused on the path of tradition, with a conscious effort to highlight the genius of African artisans (weavers, dyers, jewellers, shoemakers), all the while uncovering the world of contemporary design. With Awa Meité, Fashion becomes synonymous with colours and fine materials, with the underlying statement that African designs do not need to comply to Western standards to be considered works of Fashion. But above all, this is an an artist who loves dressing women, and making them feel free, bold, and beautiful…Awa Meité designs clothes for artists such as Cheick Tidiane Seck, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangaré and Dee Dee Bridgewater.”
DAY 3 (Bamako)
Centre de la Bande Dessinée de Bamako, Seynam Georges Foli,
Baco Djicoroni ACI, rue 565, porte 1852, BP:E 5070 Bamako
Tel: (00223) 76 39 26 62 | 65 90 59 00
The Centre de la Bande Dessinée is the result of the activities of promotion of comics and drawing lessons started in 2002 by the Atelier BDB.
The BD Centre in Bamako is a place of work, creation and formation for comics drawers who want to make of develop a career. The Centre has three main axis:
1) Promotion, with a place of formation and work. With the help of professional drawers, it organizes cultural and educative activities related to comics (salon, exhibition etc…)
2) Creation, with the collaboration of professional artists. They work on projects of edition of comics, exhibitions, and mainly the realization of an educative tool, that will be available to the public, on the awareness of a given theme.
3) Diffusion for the visibility of authors and their creations. The Centre participates to comics exhibitions and meetings to present works made by drawers. The public will then be able to by their books, either with the BD Centre or with the editors. With new creations, the centre aims at a local diffusion before starting a diffusion outside. The Centre helps to the local development by setting up educative projects in schools that make pupils aware of primary risks regarding environment and health.
The main activities of the organization are the promotion of comic strips, creation and realisation of educative tools, as well as diffusion of the comic drawers works.
The main sources of income are: own funding coming from orders of educative tools, partners funding for the development of school projects, funding from cultural partners for the organization of the salon and the exhibition.
Project Crea Sud Mimi Konate
Free for individual appointments.
DAY 4 (Segou)
Bus to Segou.
Check in at hotel.
Bogolan maison Atelier Ndome, http://www.ndomo.net/english/index.html
Teinture Naturelle de Ségou NDOMO, Boubacar DOUMBIA (kasobané group) Telephone: (+223) 21 32 27 94, email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Pélengana Ségou – Rép. Mali
Le Ndomo is a social enterprise created to address the unemployment problem of young people who have not had the chance to study or to attend school. Ndomo aims to give these young people training with local knowledge: In addition to technical training, it also aims to assist young people in life by facilitating their socialization and by giving them values that will increase the quality of their lives; responsibility, personal commitment, work and solidarity, in strict compliance with the values of traditional African society. Le Ndomo must be economically efficient for them to earn a living. This means that, as a company, we must be concerned with all terms of running a business: product development, commercialization, marketing, investment, organization, quality management, etc… We must use every modern means of management to ensure the economic success of the company. But this economic objective would be meaningless if it wasn’t in the service of society.Our growth and our mode of operation must be consistent with the fundamentals of our cultural society. At Le Ndomo it is essential that young people can thrive in their social environment, while performing a job that allows them to have a decent income.
With this new form of business, we no longer work in the traditional system of employer and employee but we function more as an African family in which all members act individually and collectively for their livelihood. Besides the initiatives of Le Ndomo in the field of Natural Dyeing we are also active in the field of agriculture and cattle farming. History of Le NDOMO >
Carpe Diem, Mr. Chab Touré, 85, Rue 16 – Quartier Commercial, Segou, 00.223.7532.22.59 00.223.7915.49.37
DAY 5 (Segou)
Kalabougou is a Bambara village on the Niger River in the Ségou Region of Mali.
Kalabougou is located across the Niger River from Ségou, and dates back to the Bamana Empire which ruled in the area from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. The village is known for its craftsmanship, particularly pottery of which the women of the village are traditionally employed in. The potters of Kalabougou are major suppliers of pottery for sale in Bamako, approximately 150 miles (241km) away, as well as to nearby Segou. The rest of the village is divided in trade between blacksmiths, known as numu, fishermen, (known as Somono) and the farmers.
DAY 6 (Bamako – Dakar)
Flight Bamako to Dakar, Senegal
Introduction to Dakar by curator and critic, Koyo Kouoh, was Coordinator of Cultural Programs at the Gorée Institute before becoming a Cultural Affairs Specialist at the US Embassy in Dakar. She is the founder and artistic director of RAW MATERIAL COMPANY, a mobile site for art practice and critical exchange.) and Jean Charles Tall (Architect).
DAY 7 (Dakar)
Le Manage / Gallery IF, Delphine Calmettes, 3, Rue Parchappe, PLATEAU, Dakar
Sicap Liberté II / Kër Thiossane a space for digital art and multimedia. Villa n°1695 Sicap Liberté II Dakar BP 242 Colobane Dakar, T + 221 33 868 53 09 contact Marion Louisgrand: email@example.com
The second edition of Afropixel festival was held in Dakar at Kër Thiossane, in connection with the Dak’Art biennale. ‘Kër’ means “house” in Wolof (language widely spoken in Senegal) and ‘thiossane’ refers to traditional Senegalese culture. The story of Kër Thiossane is intertwined with the personal stories of Marion Louisgrand Sylla et Francois Sylla, founders of this Villa for Art and Multimedia.
Francois Sylla is a musician. He grew up in the Villa, and always wanted to make it a space for art and culture strongly anchored in the neighbourhood of Sicap. That is why about 10 locals from Sicap were involved in the organisation of Afropixel 2010. Links to the local community have also been made by the Villa’s artists in residence. One of this years guest artists, Audry Liseron-Montfils (Guyane/Belgium) worked for instance with a weaver next door. In 2008 Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran (India) set up a micro radio and cinema on the N’Gellaw market close by.
Kër Thiossane crosspollinates Senegalese traditions with influences from the rest of the world. Marion Louisgrand-Sylla worked a long time in Paris at Mains d’Oeuvres (cradle of the Mal au Pixel festival) on the development of the TransEuropeHalles network, that brings together independent cultural centres, most of them located in buildings from industrial heritage, and operating at the crossing of art and society. Later on within the context of Artfactories and the programme “In and Out of Europe”, Marion was involved in exchange projects between informal art spaces in Africa and Europe. After meeting Francois, the idea of Kër Thiossane came along naturally.
The activities of Kër Thiossane started in 2002 with the aim to provide African artists with access to multimedia tools and with support from Fondation Langlois. At the time, there was already a large amount of cyber cafes in Senegal, and generally speaking, Senegal has been doing quite well in terms of new technologies as compared to the rest of Africa. But still today there is no department for digital art at the National School of Arts in Dakar and people mostly ‘consume’ the internet. Ker Thiossane wanted to propose another approach to media and technology, emphasizing them as tools for knowledge that can be appropriated, and support the development of African multimedia creations on the internet. “Technology doesn’t prevent tradition from existing, it’s the encounter between the two that is interesting” says Marion. Since 2002, Kër Thiossane has organised various workshops bringing together new technologies and traditional creative disciplines (dance, textile design etc) and has hosted several production residency projects.
In 2008, Kër Thiossane organised the first edition of Afropixel, which became the new African node in Pixelache network. As a space where critical and unconventional ways for people to take part in the development of media and technology can be experimented with, Pixelache seemed very interesting and relevant for the Villa. In addition, Kër Thiossane has early on been involved in and relying on different networks, including TransEuropeHalles. Until last year the Villa had been open on and off, due to a lack of consistent resources, but the work achieved since 2002 gained Kër Thiossane credibility. It made it possible for them to receive funding from the European Union for the first time, to develop the 2-year project “Rose des vents numériques’, that opens up the network to other independent multimedia art centres and artists in the rest of Africa and the Caribbean. That is how Afropixel 2010 brought together an amazing mix of organisations and artists from Senegal, Mali, Congo, South Africa, Marocco and the Martinique along with other guest from Europe and the USA. (based on an interview with Marion Louisgrand-Sylla)
Metissacana, visit les Atelier Leydi ( L’Ecole de Formation en stylisme de Oumou Sy), 30 Rue de Thiong, Dakar
Evening Opening at Le Manage / Gallery IF, 3, Rue Parchappe, PLATEAU, Dakar
DAY 8 (Dakar)
Ferry to the Island Goree
Maison des Esclave, rue St-Germain, Île de Gorée, 821 7438.
The Maison des Esclaves (“Slave House”), which was constructed in 1786, includes displays of slavery artifacts, and the Fort d’Estrées (built in the 1850s) is the site of a historical museum. In 1978 Gorée Island was declared a UNESCO World.
Marie-José Crespin, jewellery designer on Goree Island.
POINT E / Ousmane Sow, artist (Prince Claus Laureate),
Diner with invited guests
Koyo Kouoh, Raw Material Company
Saliou Wadji, Shoe design
Nafissatou Diop, Fashion Designer
Joëlle le Bussy Fal, Galerie Arte
Ousseynou Wade, Biennale Dakar
Christian Ndombi, Unesco/cultuur
Marie-José Crespin, jewellery designer on Goree Island
Aissa Dione, Textile Designer
Ousmane M’Baye, Designer
Colle Saw Ardo, Sira Vision
Oumou Sy, Metissacana
Delphine Calmettes, Le Manage / Gallery IF
Mauro Pettroni, Ceramic studio / organiser OFF
Erik Pol, Woodwork studio
Jant-Bi, LÉcole des Sables
Artistic Director: Germaine Acogny
Artistic Director assistant : Patrick Acogny
Jean-Charles Tall, Architect
Ndiaga Diaw FITT, Fashion Designer
Cheikha Sigil | Show-room SIGIL, Fashion Designer
Adama Amanda Ndiaye, http://adama.ndiaye.free.fr/index.html
Claire Kane, Fashion Designer
Ousmane Sow, artists
Mamadou Touré dit BEHAN (Artiste Photographe, journaliste)Marion Louisgrand, Kër Thiossane a space for digital art and multimedia
DAY 9 (Dakar)
Mauro Pettroni, Ceramic studio / organiser OFF
Ndiaga Diaw, FITT, Route de Ngor
Fabric Textile designer Aissa Dione
Woodwork studio, Erik Pol, Route de Yene / croisement yène Todd, face poste de police, Yène
Jant-Bi, LÉcole des Sables, Village de Toubab Dialaw , BP 22626 – 15523 Dakar Senegal
The association Jant-Bi / l’Ecole des Sables was created in 1998 with the aim of becoming the cradle for dancers from the whole of Africa, where young dancers can feel at home and can benefit from professional training, giving them a solid foundation in their life as an artist and creating an openness towards international dance.
Since 1998, the association Jant-Bi has been working on a training programme for young dancers and choreographers of African origin in the framework of the Ecole des Sables, International Centre for Traditional and Contemporary African Dances.
The International Centre of Traditional and Contemporary African Dances is both a place of encounters and exchange for dancers from Africa and from all over the world.
Its exceptional setting offers the possibility of individual or collective residences to all creators who seek new sources of inspiration on African soil: writers, artists, musicians etc…The conference hall is available for conferences and seminars.
Senegalese and French, she founded her first dance studio in Dakar in 1968. Thanks to the influence of the dances she had inherited from her grandmother, a Yoruba priest, and to her studies of traditional African dances and Occidental dances (classic, modern) in Paris and New York.
Between 1977 and 1982 she was artistic director of Mudra Afrique (Dakar), created by Maurice Béjart and the senegalese president and poet Leopold Sedar Senghor. In 1980, she wrote her first book untitled “African Dance”, edited in three languages.
Once Mudra Afrique had closed, she moved to Brussels to work with Maurice Béjart’s company, she organised international African dance workshops, which showed a great success among the European audience. This same experience was repeated in Africa, in Fanghoumé, a small village in Casamance, the south of Senegal. People from Europe and from all over the world travelled to this place.
Germaine Acogny dances, choreographs and teaches on all continents, becoming a real emissary of the African Dance and Culture. Her work and personality is highly respected in Africa and worldwide.
Together with her husband, Helmut Vogt, she sets up in 1985, in Toulouse, France, the “Studio-Ecole-Ballet-Théâtre du 3è Monde”.
In 1995, she decides to go back to Senegal with the aim of creating an International Center for Traditional and Contemporary African Dances. In 1997, Germaine Acogny becomes Artistic Director of the « Dance section of Afrique en Creations » in Paris, a function she held until September 2000. In 2004 Germaine Acogny established the ECOLE DES SABLES, International Center for Traditional and Contemporary African Dances in Senegal, which is a place for professional education, a forum of exchange and a meeting place for dancers from Africa and across the world.
DAY 10 (Dakar to Casablanca)
Flight Dakar to Casablanca
Introduction to Morocco by Amel Abou El Azm and visit to Les Abattoirs. Les Abattoirs, Jaafar el barmaki Avenue, Casablanca,
Les Anciens Abattoirs of Casablanca (slaughterhouses) were founded in 1922 by the architect Georges Ernest Desmarest. They are located near the central train station «Casa voyageurs». Still under the governement management, they have stopped operating as slaughterhouses since 2002 and were converted to a cultural and artistic wild land run by Casamemoire starting march 2009. Thanks to the efforts of non profit organizations and Casablanca county, the place has been knowing a wide range of diversified events with a rich cultural agenda. the site has also been serving as an exhibition space and skate park allowing people from different ages to live and share the urban experience the place is offering.
Atelier Zhor Rais
Zhor Rais, fashion designer, 11 Rue des papillons-lotissement rahma II- Oasis – Casablanca. It is in front of a high school: Louis Bertrand.
Zhor Raïs opened her couture atelier in 1984 in Casablanca. She designs traditional Moroccan clothing like the caftan and djellaba but with a contemporary twist. Zhor’s work is included in a new publication of the Prince Claus Fund: The Art of African Fashion, 2’nd edition.
Visit L’atelier 21, Rue Abou Mahassine Arrouyani, +18.104.22.16817.85, contact : Aziz Daki
Evening free for individual appoitments.
DAY 11 (Casablanca)
La source du lion, Hassan Darsi L’atelier de La source du lion 113 Avenue Mers Sultan, etage 7. Casablanca. http://sourcedulion.free.fr/
The Lion Source Society was established in 1995 in Casablanca. The artist Hassan Darsi came up with the concept, together with the participation of fellow artists Mohamed Fariji and Rachid L’Moudenne. The Lion Source Society seeks to explore new modes of artistic expression on an individual and collective basis, to revitalize the contemporary art scene in Morocco, and to reach out to a new and more diverse audience. From the beginning, there was the intention to open a resource place in Casablanca, which would allow young artists to work, to meet other artists with different creative horizons, to initiate common projects, to reflect upon them, and to position themselves within an artistic and cultural context that is often reticent towards new ideas.
Since 2002, the main activities of the group have been devoted to an environmental protection project. The idea for “The Model Project” stemmed from both a place and a determination. The place is the Hermitage Park in Casablanca, considered to be one of the oldest, and once one of the most beautiful city gardens in Morocco. Its history goes back to the early 1920s.
Meeting with Jamal Abdennassar, Director Festimode and Moroccan fashion designers. Jamal ABDENNASSAR I Directeur Général – Fondateur. 216, av. Mers Sultan Casablanca I M +212 6 79 09 70 50 FestiMode Casablanca, 216 avenue Mers Sultan.
Jewish Museum of Casablanca
81. rue Chasseur Jules Gros. Oasis-Casablanca, Set in a beautiful villa surrounded by lush gardens, this is the only Jewish museum in the Islamic world. It demonstrates the history of the once-thriving Jewish community and its influence on modern Moroccan society.The exhibits include historic artefacts such as documents, traditional clothing and ceremonial items and a vast collection of photographs featuring synagogues, mellah (Jewish Quarters) and other landmarks that remain from the 2000 years of Jewish civilisation in the region. The Museum is in the suburb of Oasis, a 15-minute taxi ride from the city centre.
DIPTYK, Magazine on Moroccan Art.
Contact: Hicham Daoudi
As a Moroccan bi-monthly magazine, diptyk seeks to reflect all the complexity of its time. By meeting artists around the world and devoting a space of visual and verbal expression to them, diptyk also stands as the driving force behind contemporary creation. Whether they talk about yesterday’s Morocco or today’s, about Arab countries or a hosting west, artists build a cultural identity for which diptyk wishes to define the territory.
Dinner with invited guests
Zhor Rais, fashion designer
Hassan Darsi, L’atelier de La source du lion, 113 Avenue Mers Sultan, etage 7. Casablanca
Amel Abou El Azm AB Sawt | “Ecouter le Sud”
Bechar El Mahfoudi, Director Festimode
Khaddija Kabbaj, HKH Créations, 6 Rue Zahraoui Abou Kacem Quartier des Hopitaux, Casablanca
Amine Bendriouich, fashion designer
Zineb Joundy, fashion designer
Mohammed Chafik, 2002 PCF Laureate
Abderrahim Kassou, Casamemoire
Aadel Essaadani, Casamemoire
Said Mahrouf, Dutch/Moroccan fashion designer
Abdellah Karoum, curator and founder of L’appartement 22
project in Rabat
Majid Sadati, director video art festival
Khalid Benghrib, choreographer
DAY 12 (Casablanca)
Architectural tour of Casablanca by Casamémoire
Abderrahim Kassou & Aadel Essaadani 14-18 Avenue Hassan Seghir.
Casamémoire was founded in 1995 with the goal to preserve the architectural heritage of 20th century Casablanca. In the rapidly changing city, under the influence of explosive growth, certain architectural styles of the last century lost their appearance by abandonment and destruction. Project developers were willing to take the ‘old’ sites and build new projects as in many of Morocco’s cities happens. Casamémoire enforces the restoration and preservation of the poorly preserved buildings by sensitizing public and political opinion, by classifying the buildings and by organizing and attending heritage and architectural lectures and conferences. Tour: We start in the parc de la Ligue Arabe behind the sacré-coeur church, continue on the administrative square (place Mohamed V) and walk to the Mohamed V boulevard to the market.
Meeting with Myriam Hamamsi, Director of “CasArts“, Projet du Grand Théâtre
In 2015, Casablanca will be able to boast that it has the largest theatre in Africa and in the Arab world. Architects Rachid Andaloussi from Morocco and Christian Portzamparc from France (born in Casablanca in 1944) won the international contest to realize the theatre CasaArt, a new space for art and culture which will be built, in the middle of the town of Casablanca on the place Mohammed V an area of the metropolis dedicated to the performing arts.
Visit of “L’Boultek”, L’Boulevard Office
Boultek encourages new artists in the scene to relate to their Moroccan musical heritage : the Gnaoua rhythms without doubt, but also Aïta and the great heritage of Amazigh. Artists will learn through “exchanges, rehearsing sessions and encounters between contemporary and traditional musicians” as well as workshops by Moroccon percussionists and musicians playing string instruments such as the rebab, the outar and the hejhouj. Today, Boultek has its commercial premises with a reception, offices and a meeting room. The premises consist of three rehearsing studios, a multiuse function room for small concerts and urban exhibitions as well as two training halls, without mentioning the most important room: a recording studio
DAY 13 (Casablanca – Amsterdam)
Flight Casablanca to Amsterdam