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Despite & Because.
On Politics and Poetics of Collaboration
Across the Mediterraneans

Online Programme
May 2023-ongoing

Inscribed in the curatorial framework of the Neither on Land nor at Sea biennium at UNIDEE, this programme of online talks seeks to enquire into ways of organising and commoning in the arts, bringing to the forefront some of the experiences currently inhabiting and activating the Mediterranean spaces.

Despite & Because invites curators, practitioners and facilitators from art organisations and projects that operate or have originated in the broader Mediterranean region to get together, so to discuss ways of practising, researching, caring, and struggling together, within and through (para-)institutional and collective settings.

The programme aims to unsettle the understanding of the Mediterranean as a graspable locality, exploring shared or recurring conditions as well as stark contradictions. In doing so, it also brings to the public conversations on systems, infrastructures and means, which are oftentimes held in private.

The online public programme runs parallel to the UNIDEE residency modules, starting in May 2023, allowing for an additional form of engagement and participation in the themes and methodologies explored in this season of the UNIDEE programming, open to all.

I .

with Noor Abed
and Lara Khaldi

14th May, 11h CET 

School of Intrusions is a collective of sorts practicing informal ways of gathering in and around specific urban and rural sites. The members of the group change and fluctuate.
It grew out of a conversation about education, art schools, collectivity, and the city as a common space in Palestine. Together the group developed a set of tools to navigate the city as a site of knowledge and how this knowledge is produced.


Noor Abed works at the intersection of performance, media and film. Her works create situations where social possibilities are both rehearsed and performed. Abed is currently a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam 2022-24 and was recently awarded the Han Nefkens Foundation/Fundació Antoni Tàpies Video Art Production Grant 2022.

Lara Khaldi is a curator and artist. She was a member of the artistic team of documenta fifteen. Khaldi worked as head of the Media Studies Programme at Alquds Bard College 2018-2020 and has taught at Sandberg Institute 2020-22. She was recently appointed director at de Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam.

II .

with Nouha Ben Yebdri
and Sarri Elfaitouri

20th June, 18h CEST

Mahal Art Space is an independent and alternative space, a 35 m2 white cube in Tangier, dedicated to the promotion of contemporary practices, especially in the visual arts, through a transdisciplinary approach.

Mahal Art Space's mission focuses on the invention of new (local) artistic ‘protocols', to the reflection on art spaces and their environment, and to the different constraints related to the artist's practice and audiences. The project is mainly aimed at artists and other practitioners who are at the beginning of their careers, as well as at the general public. Towards this direction, Mahal Art Space is committed to creating an ecology of practices that connects in particular the young/emerging art scene in Morocco, with different audiences and communities in the city of Tangier and beyond, as well as with established artists and agents in the field.

Tajarrod is a pedagogical design led research practice aiming to challenge the dominant socio-cultural and disciplinary ideologies in Libyan and beyond. Tajarrod's projects vary between the production of theoretical writings and investigations, exhibitions, workshops, as well as the organization of public dialogues and competitions.


Nouha Ben Yebdri is an independent curator, founder and director of MAHAL, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to respond to and accompany the needs of the emerging contemporary art scene in Morocco, from its headquarters in Tangier.

Her curatorial practice focuses on the reflection and conception of projects around issues related to the development of art spaces, institutionalization procedures, mediation/outreach protocols, and the impact that these spaces have on their environment; as well as the study of contextual factors that influence the conception of the terms and dynamics that unfold through these processes and places. These efforts are conveyed and put into practice through the programming of the independent space Mahal (or also known as Mahal Art Space) and Silent Pedagogies - بيداغوجيات صامتة, a program that questions the curricula of artistic training in Morocco and analyzes the relationship of art spaces with the different audiences it hosts and works with.

Some of the projects she has curated through these two programs include: the Méta Skholé Libre workshops (with Jean-Paul Thibeau); the group exhibitions Iconographies de la rue (with Think Tanger), Tangier: Facets of a Mediterranean Intersection (with Robin Vermeulen), and What Dies Last, an online and in-person show; Maared/ Aarada - معرض/عراضة, an exhibition and public program (with Mouhawalat collective); undercurrents, an independent training and learning platform, together with LE18, Derb El Ferran and Fondation Dar Bellarj, both based in Marrakech.

Sarri Elfairouri is an interdisciplinary architect, artist, curator, cultural manager, and writer based in Benghazi, Libya, and the founder and director of Tajarrod, a pedagogical design led research practice. Through historical archeologies and socio-spatial interventions his work is dedicated to developing radical spaces of critical learning and acting within his context “Libya” and beyond.


with Francesca Masoero, Shayma Nader, Sahar Qawasmi

1st August, 18h CEST

QANAT is a collective platform that explores the politics and poetics of water to reflect and act (up)on the multiple contextual understandings and forms of (re)production of the commons in Morocco, Palestine and beyond. Drawing from various forms of knowledge and acts of resistance and solidarity to dominant environmental narratives and injustices, QANAT aims to create spaces through which we can speculate upon new collective imaginaries to design new spatial and epistemological configurations for our cities. The collective develops archives of resonant reflections and actions that knit together local struggles into transnational patterns for nourishing debates across dispersed localities. QANAT was initiated at LE 18, Marrakech.

Sakiya is a progressive academy for experimental knowledge production and sharing, grafting local agrarian traditions of self-sufficiency with contemporary art and ecological practices. This circular system of knowledge production and sharing integrates agriculture within the framework of an interdisciplinary residency program, where cultural actors, such as farmers and crafts/small industry initiatives, assume a prominent role alongside visiting and local artists and scholars. Sakiya’s core programs engage food production, exhibitions, symposia, publications, and education/training workshops, exploring the intersections between art, science, and agriculture in a sustainable and replicable model.


Francesca Masoero works as a curator, cultural organiser and researcher. She is part of LE 18, a cultural space in Marrakech (Morocco), where she initiated QANAT. With a background in critical theory and political economy, she explores notions resistances in multiple forms, including testing collective-making processes within and beyond the art field, and researching the politics and poetics linked to watery worlds and to forms of being together otherwise. Since 2019, she has also been collaborating extensively with the Dar Bellarj Foundation (Marrakech - Morocco).

Shayma Nader is an artist, curator and translator from Palestine. For the past few years, she's been developing and organising workshops and projects focussed on forging and reactivating memories of and in the land through collective walking, listening and fictioning to move towards decolonial and land-centred imaginaries and practices. She is a member of Qanat; a collective platform exploring the politics and poetics of water, and a PhD candidate in artistic research at ARIA at Sint Lucas School of Arts and University of Antwerp.

Sahar Qawasmi worked as an architect, restorer, planner, and cultural heritage expert with Riwaq, Center for Engineering and Planning, and other local and private institutions. In 2012, Sahar coordinated the first edition of Qalandiya International, and co-wrote the first of Riwaq’s Re-Walk Heritage Guidebook Series. In 2016, she co-curated the Ramallah Municipality’s exhibition for Qalandiya International III. She was an architecture fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany in 2014-2015. Sahar received her BA in Architecture from Birzeit University and her Master in Architecture from Miami University.

IV .

BAR Project
& Vessel
with Andrea Rodríguez Novoa, Veronica Valentini, Anna Santomauro, Viviana Checchia

20th September, 18.30h CEST

BAR project is a curatorial initiative in movement promoting trans-disciplinary dialogue, hospitality, collaboration, and exchange among art and society. BAR project is deeply inspired, taking its name and modus operandi, from the bar, a popular and transcultural meeting place in the countries of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, as a space of knowledge production thanks to the social relations and informal conversations it generates. BAR project develops a roaming public program in the city of Barcelona understood as an experimental public space and commonplace for action and exhibition of durational events – such as performance, conversation, and other artistic gestures, that question current political, social, and economic subjects. These goals are achieved through residencies and pedagogical formats which results are the fruit of dialogue and exchange between local, national and international agents and the socio-cultural fabric of the city.

Vessel is a nomadic curatorial organisation and agency invested in supporting artistic and curatorial practices that are situated, responsive and research-led. Driven by a biographical and epistemological belonging to the South – the Southern Europe and Mediterranean regions in particular – it is interested in how social and ecological imagination can be enhanced in order to critically engage with the sets of conditions and infrastructures that sustain contemporary cultural practices. Vessel has devoted great attention to the definition and development of socially-engaged art practice and contributed internationally by way of the application of socially-engaged tools and methods in contemporary curatorial practice. Its practice – embedded in an ongoing act of hosting and being hosted – manifests through public programming, commissioning and writing. In the last 10 years, Vessel has participated and contributed to shaping an understanding of curatorial practice epistemologically connected to a locale (or locality) though not by default based within it.


Andrea Rodríguez Novoa is a curator, architect and writer based in Spain and France.
She develops curatorial projects and writes from and about affect to talk about art. She is interested in the forms and formats of production, dissemination and transmission of contemporary art, in "exhibition architectures" as tools for the construction of discourse in the public, social and political spheres.
Since February 2022 Andrea is Co-Director and Head of the Professional Program of Barcelona Gallery Weekend (www.barcelonagalleryweekend.com). Together with Veronica Valentini, she directs, curates and teaches at BAR project (www.barproject.net / @hola.barproject), a residency and training program in visual arts that she co-founded in Barcelona in 2012. In 2020 he co-founded in Barcelona with architect Magdalena Ostornol the MIA project (Meta-Industrial Architectures, @mia_architectures), which with an eye for detail, develops architectures that address energy, environmental, economic and social sustainability. Since 2018, he has been collaborating with Leopold Banchini Architects (www.leopoldbanchini.com) in Geneva.

Veronica Valentini practices artistic and situated curating of exhibitions and time-based programs, locally and internationally, under her name or in collaboration. She is the founder and director of the platforms BAR project and E.M.M.A.; she is a mediator of Concomitents, a national art programme aimed at citizens; and she also works as head of international research networks and residencies at Hangar, a center for artistic production and research in Barcelona. Her recent work focuses on themes and methodologies related to the creation of new audiences, cultural rights, accessibility policies, and co-responsibility in the design and management of cultural projects from an intersectional perspective.

Anna Santomauro is curator and researcher in micropolitics and situated ecological practices. She joined Arts Catalyst (Sheffield, UK) in 2017 as Curator, and was recently appointed Senior Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University. She is co-founder of Vessel in Bari (Southern Italy), a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to public programming in relation to contemporary social, political, and economic issues. Anna previously worked as ESP and Public Programmer at Eastside Projects (Birmingham), and in 2018 she was Curator in Residence at Grand Union (Birmingham). In 2013, she was one of the recipients of ICI/Dedalus Research Award. She has lectured, given talks, tutored and led workshops in several institutions, including: CCS Bard College (NYC), Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam), Newcastle University, Salt Galata (Istanbul), University of Cambridge, La Casa Encendida

(Madrid). She is PhD candidate at the University of Wolverhampton (UK).

Viviana Checchia is a curator, programmer, and researcher active internationally. Viviana is Director of Void Art Centre in Derry, and Co-Director of ‘Vessel’, an international curatorial platform based in Puglia, South of Italy, for the support of social, cultural, and economic development through contemporary art.Previous to these roles she was Residency Curator at Delfina Foundation, London, Senior Lecturer on the MFA at HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg and Public Engagement Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Viviana has produced and contributed to a range of international projects, including the Young Artist of the Year Award, Ramallah and the 4th Athens Biennale. Viviana holds a PhD from Loughborough University that focused on alternative Mediterranean curatorial practices. She currently serves as a trustee of cultural organisation, Timespan, Helmsdale, Scotland.

V .

& Mouhawalat Collective
with Rania Atef,
Mohamed Al Bakeri,  Nada Elkalaawy, Soukaina Joual, Engy Mohsen, Diyae Bourhim, Ahmad Karmouni

1st February, 18.30h CET

K-oh-llective (or KOH in short) is an artist group of five visual artists with a shared desire to facilitate conversations around art practices. The online platform of K-oh-llective is used for resource-sharing among artists, writers and curators in Egypt and the Arab world. It features an open-source database of essential tools for arts practitioners, as well as commissioned texts, reviews and podcasts. K-oh-llective’s current endeavor “Arab Artists Now: An Anthology” stages online/offline studio visits and acts as a conduit for current art-making and cross-disciplinary mapping of artistic practices. Ever since crossing paths in Alexandria in 2018, we have continued to foster a shared system of support between us to this present day. The platform we created is, therefore, an extension of this; it's our opportunity to expand this circle of knowledge sharing to the public and to extend the support system beyond our group of five.

Mouhawalat is an artist collective co-founded in 2020 by four young Moroccan artists; Ahmad Karmouni, Diyae Bourhim, Mehdi Ouahmane and Imane Zoubai. Dedicated to artists and researchers who never stop trying, Mouhawalat shapes its identity gradually through continuous attempts at creation and encounter. Currently, it explores and questions the situation of young artists working in the Moroccan art world.
Using a range of mediums, they want to reflect more on the idea of the "attempt" and create renewed methods for constant learning through collective and collaborative work to foster exchange and expanded knowledge building. Mouhawalat as it is in its current form has allowed members to collaborate, and program artistic work in art spaces, residencies, exchanges and round tables such as Triangles-Astérides (2023), Mahal Art Space (2021), Think Tanger (2021) and Our Teaching Takes Shape As We Go (2022), as well as receiving grants like Self Organizations - Private Audience (2020) and Grant for Artists' Practice, Mophradat (2022).


Rania Atef is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Cairo. Her work explores the notions of play across a wide range of mediums to investigate the infrastructure of maternal/reproductive and labor discourses on both individual and collective levels while focusing on the study of verbal and visual language especially for women in this context.

Mohamed Bakeri is a visual artist based in Cairo. His work relates to the notion of love from a socio-political point of view, taking in consideration the factors affecting individuals to find love and security in the online realm. To mention a few, the commodification of dating, cyber security, police entrapments, and racial discrimination.

Nada Elkalaawy is a visual artist based in London. Her personal history is her primary work material—dealing with loss, traces of memories and fiction through storytelling. She works predominantly in painting but she also often incorporates drawing, animation and tapestry projects in conversation with the painterly medium.

Soukaina Joual is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Rabat. Her various works showcase an interest in how one’s body can translate and reflect various tensions, dynamics and differences. She usually focuses on the body from different perspectives: how it changes, its’ interaction with personal identity, and how it can also become a site to engage in important ideological debates.

Engy Mohsen is a visual artist and curator based in Zürich. She works with publishingformats as a central framework and conversation as a primary medium. Her ongoing research centers around mapping the knowledge flows shaping independent art schools and forms of pedagogy, with a particular focus on language and the movement of individuals and communities involved in organizing them.

Diyae Bourhim is a Moroccan visual artist, developing a multidisciplinary practice based on the reactivation of memory and the search for new ways of representing it through art. Diyae leads a process close to archaeology in order to apprehend the social, political and intimate conditions of the human being. She is currently working on an "archaeology of the sensible", which questions the poetic resistance of the matter and the archive to time and oblivion.
In 2020, Bourhim, together with three other artists (Ahmad Karmouni, Seed Awardee Mehdi Ouahmane, and Imane Zoubai), co-founded Mouhawalat, a collective of artists and other practitioners of the art world who are constantly trying. It aims to create new ways of creation and transmission, as well as to think about new alternative ways of art knowledge outside of normative modes. The collective is gradually shaping its identity through continued attempts at collaboration, creation and exchange.

Ahmad Karmouni is a graduate from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tetouan in 2019, he lives and works in Assilah. Ahmad Karmouni is interested in the matter in its raw state, mainly salt, a substance particularly loaded with history, meaning and beliefs. He has developed a particular sensitivity and interest towards this element. His field of experimentation includes several mediums such as drawing and installation, as well as printing techniques (engraving, silk-screening, monotype, etc.) The artist question, through his artistic work, the position and the connotations that surround salt through the history of civilizations as well as its chemical and mineral nature. The same applies to substances he discovers as his research progresses, such as copper, lime, etc. He has participated in artistic residencies in Marocco such as the Caravan of Tighmert (2019), MAC.A Museum of Contemporary Art in Assilah (2019), Mahali Project, Mahal Art Space in Tangier (2020) and in France, at la Friche la belle de mai in Marseille (2022). Among his group exhibitions in Marocco: Mahal Art Space (Tangier 2020), Atelier kissaria (Tangier 2019), Le18 (Marrakech 2019), Galerie Venise Cadre (Casablnca 2018).