About and around curating/ Kustosiranje is a public and non-profit programme, open for all creative individuals from the fields of arts and culture: on contemporary curatorial practice, the technology of preparation and realisation of an independent exhibition project, education and supporting proactive attitude of young and future art curators.
Dialogues is a platform composed by a group of young professionals
from different cultural and artistic Euro-Mediterranean associations.
This platform aims on examining various contemporary social issues
through a multidisciplinary cultural approach to offer solutions and
new sustainable models for mobility and exchange between cultural and
artistic actors, and researchers in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
serve this purpose, Trans-Cultural Dialogues is organizing a regional
project with local importance taking the shape of a multidisciplinary
cultural Biennale to be held in different Euro-Mediterranean cities.
This year, and to welcome the first edition of this initiative, the
city of Algiers was unanimously chosen given its rich history,
cultural diversity and its place in the Mediterranean area. This
first edition was titled: DJART (a contraction of the words Djazaïr
and Art, a combination that sounds "Jar" meaning neighbor
'14 encourages the democratization of culture and promotes art as a
way to share knowledge, discourse and various practices. DJART '14
program was designed following a research path in Algiers by TCD
team, meeting the needs and expectations of the public regarding the
artistic and cultural initiatives. DJART '14 aims to bring art
(often forgotten, disparage or put into the background) to the
Algerian public by making it accessible, affordable and appealing to
the audience. DJART also aims to raise public awareness among
Algerians on themes that concern them as: identity, citizenship,
North African and Mediterranean dimensions of Algeria or exchange and
mobility among artists.
is envisioned through participatory methods in the hope of creating
social impact in an optical consistency and sustainability by
integrating activities that are open to general public with the "Do
It together" spirit, home-made or recycled creations and low to
also encourages the public to reclaim urban spaces that have been
left behind and long abandoned by giving them a new meaning and an
alternative use while exploring their historical memory and
considering their current state. In this perspective, a multifaceted
approach is emerging combining visual arts, architecture,
performances, and research that will lead to creative workshops,
discussions, exhibitions, happenings and various artistic events.
DJART '14 program offers various activities:
Bouchouchi - graphic artist will lead a workshop on the diversion of
images providing the opportunity for participants to express
themselves through stickers, they will paste around the streets of
Algiers. Walid, who’s also the creator of AKAKIR collective and concept from Algiers, will set
his visual creations in an outdoor exhibition squatting various
stairwells and buses inside the city.
- eL Seed, French-Tunisian calli-graffiti
virtuoso whose frescoes adorn the walls of many countries, will meet
and exchange with his young local peers and leave a trace of color in
the main street of the city center.
- Architect Salim Lamari, from Algeria, will
conduct an open to public workshop to redesign the Ben-Boulaid square
creating street furniture using recycled materials.
- Algerian photographer
Youcef Krache proposes a series of portraits of Algerian women to be
screened in a place in which many Algerians pass by every day.
in the series of exhibitions programmed, Tunisian artist Nicene
Kossentini through her urban sound installation that lets testify
five Algerians on their daily life, will guide the audience on a
journey through monuments and museums which lately lost attention
from the public.
- The program also includes discussions on art in
public space and artistic mobility bringing together artists and
cultural actors from different nations and backgrounds, such as:
curator and art critic Nadira Laggoune-Aklouche (Algeria), independent curator Yasmina Reggad (a.r.i.a. - artist residency in Algiers), artist Mohamed ben
Soltan (BAC center, Tunis), writer and performer
Mustapha Benfodil (Algeria), visual artist Annalisa Cannito (Teatro Valle Occupato, Italy),
art historian and curator Xavier de Luca (Spain/Tunis), visual artists and performer Souad
Douidi (Algeria), curator Djalila Kadi-Hanifi
(Algeria), Karim Ouaras Mostaganem university professor, CEMA, Algiers), Camille de Witt (Trans-Europe
Halles, Sweden/France) and Lorena Cosimi (Teatro Valle Occupato, Italy).
These will be joined and coordinated by a multitude of
international organizations and associations such as the
Teatro Valle Occupato (Italy), JISER Reflection Mediterrànies
(Spain), Algerian association Chrysalisde and Mains d'Oeuvres from
France (part of Trans Europe Halles network).
Following the traditions of festivals, music
& celebrations won’t be missing in DART ’14. Two open to the
public concerts are scheduled with the group Yacine Belhacene &
The Oriental Groove (Barcelona), Oranian new generation of reggae-rock band Democratoz, storyteller Faycal
Belattar who will perform with oud musician Labib Benslama (Algiers), and musician
Hamza El Fasiki (Fez, Maroko), as part of the celebration of first Cultural
Innovation Day (Cultural Innovators Network).
'14 has more surprises still to discover from 6th to 15th November 2014.
Trans-Cultural Dialogues is a platform and project developed with great support of Cultural Innovators Network and Mediterranean Goethe Institutes in 2012. The team consists of partner organizations and freelance professionals: Khaled Bouzidi (TEDxCasbah, Algiers), Xavier de Luca (JISER Reflection Mediterrànies,
Barcelona/Tunis), Srđan Tunić (Civil association ARTIKAL, Belgrade), Annalisa Cannito (Teatro Valle Occupato, Roma), Khaoula
Bessame (Algiers), Hichem Merouche (Annaba), Slavica Ilieska
(Skopje-Amsterdam), Sonja A. Linke
(Berlin), Chrysanthi Koumianaki (3 137, Athens), Victor de las Heras
(Generación Espontánea, Madrid), Bouchra Saab (Beirut), Malik
Chaoui (SAYKA, Constantine), Nassim
Hadj-benali (Algiers) i Myriam Amroun (Algiers).
Support and cooperation: Andrej Bereta (Civil association ARTIKAL, Beograd),
Muhamed Ben Soltane (BAC center, Tunis), Anass Heddan
(Morocco-Belgium), Nesrine Merzougui (TEDxCasbah, Algiers),
Mohamed Walid (Algiers-Paris), CIN radio, and organizations Chrysalisde (Algiers), A.R.I.A. (Algiers) i AIESEC Benak
Financial support and sponsors: Goethe Institut (Alexandria i Rabat), Cultural Innovators
Network, North-South Center / European Commission, AnnaLindh fondation, Instituto Cervantes in Algiers, Mairie d'Alger centre, Air
Algerie, Avenir Déco, LVSC Méditerranée, Arts Collaboratory,
Stichting DOEN, Hivos, Ministere de la culture de Algeria, Embassy of Netherlands in Algiers, Embassy of USA in Algiers, ONDA, Agence
Algérienne pour la Rayonnement Culturel, ETUSA, IFAlgérie, European
Institute of the Mediterranean.