Abounaddara aims to empower civil society to produce its own image independently of all power systems. An artistic project that employs the aesthetics of cinema in a spirit of do-it-yourself and disorientation, they produce films and distribute them as public artistic goods.
Conflict Kitchen (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Conflict Kitchen is a public artwork in the form of a restaurant that serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration is augmented by events, performances, publications, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus region. The restaurant rotates identities in relation to current geopolitical events.
Cinema Everywhere (Alexandria, Egypt) - nomination received through the open call
Started in 2013 by Waguih El laqany, an independent actor and culture manager, Cinema Everywhere introduces new types of movies to Egyptian society, types they know nothing about (independent, alternative, young filmmakers’ movies, and movies made in countries Egyptians are not used to seeing or following). Cinema Everywhere holds screenings in Egypt’s districts and cities because its target is to construct an audience for this kind of cinema so that in the near future this audience will go to traditional movie theatres to watch these movies.
Ecoart Uganda (Kampala, Uganda)
Ecoart Uganda is an environmental awareness art platform that goes beyond activism to create positive social change within communities by turning waste (garbage) into useful things. Founded in 2010 they use materials—such as plastics and tyres— which are harmful to nature and do not decompose, transforming them into such things as playgrounds for children who live in slums and cannot otherwise access play by and beautifying city spaces in Kampala—especially orphanages.
Editorial Movement (Mexico City, Mexico)
Editorial Movement, started in 2013, is a self-educational project about the potentialities that printed matter has in the construction of a community through self-production and knowledge sharing. It’s a platform of self-publication that allows the socialisation of processes, research and tools. The social struggles that inspire us, that have created living alternatives, give account to the fact that the strength of their resistance relies in re-acknowledging themselves as a community, reconfiguring their identity and making tools for autonomy of those processes. These activities converge in a common printing machine from which they share tools and knowledge, as well as participating in the creation of an independent editorial network in Mexico.
New World Summit (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
New World Summit was founded in 2012 by artist Jonas Staal, and consists of artists, architects, designers, philosophers and diplomats. New World Summit is an artistic and political organisation that creates ‘parliaments’ for stateless and blacklisted political groups that are banned from democracy and collaborates with art and cultural institutions but also with organisations from the field of transformative law and diplomacy. In 2013, the New World Academy was created: an educational platform that invites artists, students and stateless organisations to explore the role of art at the heart of political struggle.
Salt (Belyuen, Australia)
The Karrabing Film Collective is a grassroots media group. Salt comprises five ten minute films. Shot by Karrabing members on iphones, Salt will appear in three formats—multiscreen; web series; and film. Filmmaking provides a technique of self-organisation and social analysis and, through screenings and publications, a means for them to articulate themselves within epistemologies of contemporary art and audiences, allowing us to understand the Karrabing as a new form of collective agency in late neoliberal modernity.
The Tree School / Mujawara (Started in Brazil and continued in Palestine, Lebanon, Colombia, India, Turkey.)
Contrafilé, a Brazilian-based art collective, and Campus in Camps, an experimental educational platform based in Dheisheh refugee camp, Palestine, share a common interest in decolonising knowledge and in the creation of trans-generational learning environments that are not confined within the traditional walls of academia, but which cut across different forms of knowledge, integrating aspects of life and dialogue with the larger community. They formed the first The Tree School in Southern Bahia with thinkers, artists, and activists from the quilombola movement, the Landless Workers’ Movement and Palestinian refugees in order to activate community-based discussions around exile, right of return, identity construction and subjectivity building, and for reflecting and understanding the role of education as a liberating and democratising tool.
Convention on the Use of Space-White Paper: The Law (The Netherlands)
The criminalization of squatting, gentrification, real estate speculation, rising rent-wage ratios and the sale of public assets to private investors are facets of an ideological shift which sees the millennial apparatus of private property reign over any other kind of stipulation. White Paper: The Law is holding public meetings to write a functioning, legally-binding convention on the use-value of housing with a focus on squatting, while problematizing the manner in which law functions in relation to citizenship, democracy and precarity.