Worshop Grigri Pixel 2019 - Madrid
In the fourth edition of Grigri Pixel in Madrid scheduled from October 14 to 27, 2019 local collaborators together with the selected African initiatives from Burkina Faso, Niger, Morocco, Dakar and Mozambique will design and build a grigri that summons and celebrates an open idea, plural and diverse of “we”, through its setting in a scene and activation in a public space of the Barrio de las Letras.
Within the framework of this workshop, a conversation about hospitality in the city will be developed, on the one hand, to reflect on the power that arises in a territory when it is able to open, facilitate the meeting and give rise to that apparently different, foreign and strange and; on the other hand, to highlight the capacity of these processes to enrich the territories and people who participate in them, expanding their common horizons and imaginary.
African initiatives selected to participate in the production workshop from October 14 to 27
Moroccan, graduated by the École Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Casablanca as an interior architect and designer in 2011. She has participated in numerous national and international artistic residences among which the “ICI” residence in 2010 and focused on design and reproduction stands out of the city of Casablanca in a specific space-time context.
In parallel to the interior architecture and design, music is omnipresent in its trajectory. An 8-year itinerary at the Paris Conservatory in Casablanca reinforced by multiple collaborations with musicians from diverse countries.
At the Casablanca Festival, she performs the first of a long series of musical interventions on national and international stages.
This experience is accompanied by the participation in “ICI-MÊME” in 2012 in France, in Marseille. A concert of city sounds collected and received through an exploration of the city of Marseille in its sound aspect, an occupation of urban space and a guided tour of the city with eyes closed.
She is currently a businesswoman and professor of interior architecture at the Superior School of Casablanca.
Ana Raquel Machava
Ana Raquel Machava is an architect and urban planner graduated in 2016. With a special interest in the opportunities that the city offers, she and her partners have a commitment from architecture to the development of the urban environment and the creation of conditions to offer alternative solutions to everyday issues and for the development of a society capable of responding to new contexts of human reality.
Since 2016 she has developed urban experiences in the city of Maputo where she and her colleagues reinterpret the abandoned or excluded spaces of urban dynamics with the launch of interventions such as temporary movie theaters. Its objective is to understand the meeting points between architecture and cinema and how both practices can revitalize a city and make citizens connect with this type of spaces and infrastructure.
Thanks to these experiences in the field of architecture, Ana has had the opportunity to move to the city of Johannesburg where she meets relevant contemporary artists who help her broaden her awareness of the present and challenge her conceptions of African cities.
In 2019, Ana travels to Eswatini to work at the renowned Bushfire festival where she continues to grow not only as an artist but as a professional. Back in Maputo, she has developed private architecture projects to guarantee the sustainability of her Estúdio 5 office and, in parallel, has launched the Maputo Cinema Festival project as its executive director.
Gandiol, Saint Louis, Senegal
With a degree in Spanish Language from the Gaston Berger University in Saint Louis, Amadou completes his higher studies in Spain (Granada) in the framework of the Master’s in Development Cooperation.
Since May 2018, he is coordinator of the community development section of the Hahatay center in which multiple sectors of work are covered and where he mainly cooperates with young people and women.
Hahatay is a meeting space that unites a group of people with the same concern and commitment to be involved in integral human development. The activities developed in the center focus specifically, since 2012, on reflection and work around concepts such as the relationship with the other, the reception or the “Teranga” that has to do with the exchange.
The position of Africa and Africans in the world is part of the daily reflections and debates in Hahatay. They work closely with young people to jointly discover everything they can bring to the world as Africans. In this framework their work is developed based on participatory construction at the same time as discourse, intentionality and action.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
OuagaLab, the first fablab of Burkina Faso, was born in December 2011 at the initiative of Gildas Guiella and a dozen young Burkinans who participated in the third edition of the InnovAfrica Forum, which took place in Ouagadougou during the same year.
Established informally and provisionally housed in the premises of the Yam Pukri association in Ouagadougou, the OuagaLab organizes in 2012 its first activities around the assembly of a numerical control milling machine, the presentation of open source software and card programming Arduino. Subsequently, in 2013, the manufacturing of a Pigott wind turbine was carried out and will be presented in Abidjan during the fifth edition of InnovAfrica.
In 2014, through a crowdfunding, the OuagaLab obtains the necessary financing to set up its own space that is built with its own hands by the members of this fablab. The OuagaLab team has been increasing over the years maintaining a spirit of transformation of obstacles into opportunities through collective intelligence, solidarity and exchange. Currently, from the OuagaLab, they are working on the development of tools to improve well-being and health conditions such as Carto Malaria, a project to geolocate areas of illegal dumping of waste that, with the presence of stagnant water, become areas of risk in the transmission of malaria or “ECOLE LIBRE DU FASO” a briefcase with all the open source data accessible from a simple mobile phone to make this knowledge accessible without the need for internet.
Nana Kadidjatou Abdou Mounkaila
Nigerina, born in Zinder in 1982, Nana holds a diploma in Administration and Management of Cultural Projects obtained in 2011 in Niamey. After having graduated, she practices cultural management in Niamey, in Ouagadougou, in Togo, Luxembourg and Montbéliard.
Mother of two boys and one girl, she currently works for the Arène Théâtre company. For 6 years she has been in charge of the administrative and accounting affairs of the activities of this company as well as the Émergences Festival, a theater festival based in Niamey and that promotes theater shows in small spaces of proximity.
For just a year now, the Arène Théâtre company has its own space in the Séno district, in the north of Niamey. This district was founded in 2012 to welcome people victims of the heavy floods of August of that same year, it is a neighborhood with all kinds of deficiencies and is also a place of reception of migrants from other African countries.
In this way, thanks to its location, the company links its activities with a particularly neglected and marginalized population. In its recently created space, Arène Théâtre hosts, for example, part of the programming of the Bijini Bijini festival of street arts, offering also artistic and cultural training to people who live nearby.