The Maghreb Connection
exhibition, conference, publication
The Maghreb Connection is a collaborative art and visual research project on the North African migratory space culminating in a series of exhibitions and publications. A special focus is placed on Sub-Saharan transit migration-now the dominant and undoubtedly the most highly mediatized form of movement in the region-which has turned the Maghreb into a transit zone.
In response to the human conditions under which trans-Saharan migration takes place and the dramatizing media images and calls for border reinforcements that it has brought forth, The Maghreb Connection sets out to intervene in the current discursive and visual representations with a contribution of new videos, photo series and research essays. In the course of eighteen months, eight art projects were developed in dialogue with each other. They brought us out into the field and made us engage in collaborations with scholars, researchers, NGO activists on location and with many migrants who were on their perilous way through North Africa.
Participants: Doa Aly (Cairo), Yto Barrada (Tangier), Raphaël Cuomo/Maria Iorio (Geneva), Hala Elkoussy (Cairo), Charles Heller (Geneva), Ursula Biemann (Zurich), Helena Maleno (Tangier) in collaboration with media/design activists Observatorio Technologico del Estrecho (Malaga), Armin Linke (Milan) and Camille Poncet/Mouhamed Coulibaly-Massassi (esba Geneva).