IX International Arts and Human Rights Encounters in Western Sahara

Wilaya of Boujdour (Sahrawi Refugee Camps; Tindouf, Algeria)

 October 31 - November 10, 2015

Only the act of resistance resists death,

whether the art is in the form of work of art,

or in the form of human struggle.

Gilles Deleuze

1975-2015, forty years.

In the spring of 1975 in Western Sahara a referendum announced by the Spanish government was to be hold. The same year the Court of Justice in The Hague issued a ruling which claimed that Western Sahara had no ties of sovereignity with Morocco and Mauritania, therefore self-determination was to be concluded. But History is written in a different way. On November 6th,  300.000 people advanced into the Western Sahara territory during the Green March, organized by the Moroccan King Hassan II as an occupation strategy. Meanwhile the Spanish government evacuated the "Spanish" population, and on November 14 signed a tripartite agreement which delivered the Western Sahara territory to Morocco and Mauritania, and originated the illegal occupation of their major cities. "No prisoners are taken, Moroccan tanks will pass over the Sahrawi injured" read the telegrams the last Spanish soldiers received before the withdrawal. The Sahrawi people began to run away from the slaughter, fleeing into the desert where they were bombed with napalm and white phosphorus.

 May 2015. Western Sahara is the only African colony left to be decolonized. Today the Sahrawi territory is still invaded by Morocco, families are separated by a minefield wall of 2,700 km, suffering the repression in the occupied territories, such as imprisonment, disappearance, torture, plundering of its natural resources, and the hard exile in the Algerian Hamada where thousands of refugees are surviving, depending on external humanitarian assistance. Today the Saharawi conflict remains ignored and silenced...

40 years of occupation, 40 years of resistance.

In its ninth edition, ARTifariti proposes to reflect on the resistance of the Saharawi people, and the resistances of citizenship; to deepen into the ways of doing resistance from the Arts, through the work of Sahrawi and international creators, opening up spaces of discussion. For ARTifariti considers that art does not work in the direction of spreading and informing, but of take action as a force; it is resistance, rebellion, a way to question and rethink the present, to shape and build a future that does not exist, yet we yearn for.


 Artists interested in participating should submit a proposal to the ARTifariti organization ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) before September 18th2015 for evaluation by the curatorial team.

The acceptance of the projects will be done according to the date of reception, after which a letter of invitation will be sent to the artist to seek funds to finance their participation.


 Others interested in participating as speakers or listeners in the workshops, seminars and activities of ARTifariti 2015, whose central axis is also "40 years of Resistance,” please contact the organization by sending a letter of motivation. Acceptance will also be communicated to interested persons by a letter of invitation.

 By taking part to ARTifariti 2015 you are accepting that your works will become part of the cultural heritage of the Sahrawi people and will be exhibited outdoors, where they were created, or indoors, in spaces properly managed and equipped by the Ministry of Culture of the SADR. Furthermore, artists grant to ARTifariti all rights of property, image and reproduction of their works. All texts, images, and documents will be stored for further dissemination and online/offline exhibitions. All material is integrated into a documentary archive acting as a forum for reflection and exchange of ideas and that allows other artists to dispose of available material and develop their own work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license (CC BY-NC 3.0 ).   


 The registration for the ninth edition of ARTifariti, held from October 31st to November 10th 2015, are now open.


 It includes:

 Participation in VIII International Arts and Human Rights Encounters in Western Sahara, ARTifariti 2015

 Regular flight Madrid (Departure from Barajas) à Algiers à Tindouf

 Algerian visa and insurance

 Lodging and meals with Sahrawi families

If the participants prefer to manage their flight by themselves (visa and insurance from their home country) the cost is 250€, and it includes registration, meals and accommodation.

For registration, you need to send a request (with name, ID and passport number, current address, contact phone and email, dedication, reasons for wanting to participate in ARTifariti) and:

 - A copy of passport (with a validity of more than six months)

- Application form of Algerian visa duly completed and signed in duplicate (Download online in Spanish or in English )

- Two recent passport photos



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Asociación de Amistad con el Pueblo Saharaui de Sevilla - AAPSS

Tel. 0034 954 28 22 05 - 0034 954 27 41 04 Fax . 0034 954 28 20 46

C / Virgen de la Antigua 4 bajo derecha. 41011 Sevilla ( Spain )

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