KIBRIT (كبريت) is a collaborative research and production program dedicated to contemporary artistic and curatorial practices engaged in processes of reactivation of cultural heritage and collective memory (architecture, natural heritage, sound archives, cinema, photography, education).

KIBRIT proposes collaborative and interregional researches, cartographies, tandem residencies, artistic interventions, exhibitions, public programs, screenings and a web platform. Involving all its members and their respective local communities, the program ultimately aims at fostering sustainable synergies through the exchange of practices and knowledges between its partners, while generating critical reflection, research and action.

KIBRIT is a program initiated and curated by LE 18 (Marrakech), Atelier de l’Observatoire (Casablanca), Maison de l’Image (Tunis), CeRCCa (Barcelona), Rhizome (Algiers), Jiser (Barcelona/Tunis) and Ramallah Municipality (Ramallah).

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CeRCCa the Center for Research and Creativity Casamarles is an organization created in 2009 and based in a small village south of Barcelona (Catalonia/Spain).

The organization works with a double strategy. On one hand it offers international artists and researchers a space to work and live for 2 months. Since 2009 more than 100 artists have benefit from CeRCCa AIR developing projects on history, ecology, urban space, landscape and memory in collaboration with the local community.

On the other hand CeRCCa develops international curatorial and research projects with a special focus on intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean region.

For these projects CeRCCa has been funded by OSIC, ALF and South Med CV and has been selected to participate in EYE, Dawrak and Tandem Shaml programs.

CERCCA PROJECT

JISER Reflexions Mediterrànies is a non-profit association founded in 2005 by a group of young Spanish and Tunisian cultural practitioners, guided by shared ideals, values and by the common desire to engage and transform society through arts and research. The association aims at promoting cultural mobility, dialogue, cultural production and dissemination in the Mediterranean region.

In the artistic context, JISER committed to projects that try to bridge two cultural universes, the one of the city of Barcelona and the one of Tunis. In this context, the initiatives were framed as Perceptions de la Ville (2006), a project that invited six Spanish artists and six Tunisian ones in Barcelona and which presented an itinerant exhibition in Barcelona, Zaragoza and Tunis. Since 2010, JISER launched an artistic residency program BCN>TNS, which aimed at creating a long-term network between visual artists, associations and art centers based in different Mediterranean cities. Since 2016, the project has broaden up, by including Algiers as part of these exchanges and actions.

JISER PROJECT

Atelier de l’Observatoire (Casablanca) is a space for art and research developing participative and socially engaged projects involving artists, researchers and the general public. To this end, the Atelier de l’Observatoire experiments with alternative approaches through different programs and formats such as talks, researches, workshops, exhibitions, trainings, film restorations, artworks productions and publications.

Core programs are:

  • The Greenhouse, an ephemeral and shared space installed in public spaces, particularly in peripheral districts and rural contexts to foster the emergence of new ideas, in a context protected from impediments and dominant visions;
  • The Collective Museum, a citizen project for a museum of the collective memory of cities, constructed through the implementation of a series of acts of recovery and collection together with local activists and by innovative devices;
  • Madrassa, a regional program of research, encounter and training focused on contemporary curatorial practices;
  • La Ruche, a program for production and support of emerging artists;
  • The Invisibles, a research program dedicated to the margins of the history of Moroccan cinema;
  • The Aquarium, a collective reflection on the possible ways to reactivate public and educational spaces and the heritage of Casablanca.

Atelier de l’Observatoire proposes a space for research and creation in the rural outskirt of Casablanca, at Laasilat, Bouskoura, equipped with an atelier, a residency space and a greenhouse.

L'ATELIER DE L'OBSERVATOIRE PROJECT

Established in 2013, LE 18 is a multidisciplinary cultural space in Marrakech, which promotes artistic and cultural exchanges by offering a space for research, creation and expression. LE 18 aims at supporting the local emerging art scene, bridging it with international ones, while fostering a reflection on the role of contemporary art in the region through research and residency programs, exhibitions and public gatherings. Located in the medina, LE 18 offers a close proximity to the city's traditional life, bringing its inspiring qualities into closer contact with the practices and reflections of invited artists, while critically investigating and attentively investing the sociocultural transformations it is undergoing. The space has been developing organically and in dialogue with the city’s cultural scene, developing long-term partnerships with artistic and educational institutions such as ESAV, Dar El Mam’un, Dar Bellarj, MPP+.

While hosting both artists and researchers in residence throughout the year, LE 18 develops an agenda of diversified encounters, tackling visual arts, literature, cinema, performance and sound. Furthermore, LE 18 initiates and runs thematic, recurrent programs such as:

  • KawKaw, an artistic and research program focused on the Maghreb region, articulated in artistic production residencies, series of talks, exhibitions and a web platform;
  • DABAPHOTO, a program focused on contemporary photography in the region, which articulates in workshops, solo or collective exhibitions and talks.
LE 18 PROJECT

Maison de l’Image is an independent space dedicated to visual arts (photography, video, cinema and new media). It is a cultural exchange platform and an AIR offering meetings, trainings and coworking spaces. Maison de l’Image is an open space that nurtures a new generation of visual arts professionals, presenting a display window for Tunisian creation and fostering reflection on challenging problems. Located in Tunis, a crossroads in the Mediterranean, Maison de l’Image targets a vast audience, giving tools to young artists, while also creating an international cultural dynamic that can directly benefit the city and the governorate of Tunis.

Maison de l’Image’s key objectives and actions are:

  • Producing exhibitions and diffusion of visual creations
  • Organizing screenings, meetings and conferences
  • Encouraging mobility and cultural exchange for artists to and from Tunisia
  • Hosting artists in residency
  • Backing and supporting artistic projects
  • Education and training in visual arts
  • Working in schools and in unprivileged neighbourhoods
  • Organizing workshops
  • Publishing and editing books
MAISON DE L'IMAGE PROJECT

Establishment in 1908, Ramallah Municipality has had 24 presidents, including the first woman municipal president in Palestine, elected in 2005, The last election was held in 2012. Next municipal elections will be held in May 2017.

The vision of the city is to be a pioneer in the provision of participatory, accountable and effective services through the proficient, inclusive, and transparent management of resources. To be a Municipality that cares for all of its beneficiaries on the basis of mutual partnership and coherent service delivery.

RAMALLAH MUNICIPALITY PROJECT

Rhizome aims to be a corporate citizen, offering a range of services in consulting, planning and organizing events related to the arts and culture. Whether through research, strategic thinking, planning, evaluation or direct service delivery, the core of Rhizome's work is the maximization and optimization of available cultural resources. The term Rhizome is borrowed from the rhizomorphic thought of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. The latter pushes up an horizontal omnidirectional and perennial perspective with connecting principles of heterogeneity and multiplicity in a non-hierarchical system.

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