XII International Encounters of Arts and Human Rights of the Western Sahara. Tifariti, liberated Territories of Western Sahara October 30th to November 9th 2018









The next ARTifariti 2018 will take place in Tifariti, in the Free Zones of Western Sahara, in the middle of the desert. The idea is that we can live with the nomadic families and reflect on their experience.

The Saharawi artist Baecha Mohamed will lay the foundations for a collective mural in the wall of the School of Tifariti, in which all of us can participate.

The edition is open to your proposals.

ARTifariti was born in 2007 as a collective action against the Wall of Shame that breaks in two the territory of Western Sahara, the last colony of Africa, under illegal and brutal Moroccan occupation. ARTifariti is designed as a tool to make the struggles for dignity visible. Materializing human rights, the right to dignity, from artistic practices. Its format is that of an international meeting of artists that intends to reframe the enclave of Tifariti, bombarded with napalm and white phosphorus the same day of ceasefire.

In this place, the Sahrawi Government founds ARTifariti with the spirit of generating a territory of coexistence where interrelation and communication transcend the artistic fact in itself and where art assumes its public and reflective, political role: a seed for the development of Other cultural activities with creators involved in social problems.

Throughout ten editions ARTifariti has managed to establish itself as an annual public art event, an open meeting that has become a reference point for artists interested in the art's capacity to rethink and transform social relations and reality, and a mechanism to question the systems of creation and distribution of the cultural industry and artistic practices based on private consumption and speculation. ARTifariti creates shared information and creation spaces, collective archives, stories, music, sounds, which can be reused as materials for articulating new proposals from any node in the network.

ARTifariti is a project of the Ministry of Culture of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (RASD) and the Association of Friendship with the Sahrawi People of Seville (AAPSS).


The participation in ARTifariti 2018 is open to artists of any field. Anyone interested in contributing projects related to Human Rights, post-colonial conflicts, Sahrawi conflict, or any other aspect related to this edition born with the title “A POETRY DONE BY EVERYONE”.

There are no limitations of age or nationality.


Artists or any person or collective interested in participate should send their proposal to the ARTifariti organization before September 20th 2018 to be assessed by the curatorial team.

The proposal should be a pdf file of up to 25 MB that includes information related to the proposal and a short biography. Proposals can be submitted in Spanish or English.


The selection of the projects will take place during the reception of the proposals and untill two weeks later (September 20th). After that an invitation letter will be sent so that the artist is able to look for funding for his/her participation.  


After the acceptance of the proposal, it will be necessary to do the inscription in ARTifariti 2016.

The inscription fee is 850 € and it includes:

 -  Inscription on the X International Art and Human Rights Meeting in Western Sahara

 -  Two way regular flight Madrid-Argel-Tinduf (departure from Madrid Barajas airport)

 -  Visa and insurance

 -  Food and lodgement

- Internal transports

There is also an alternative option for the participants that want to arrange by themselves the flight, visa and insurance from the country of origin. In those cases, the cost (including inscription, food and lodgement) is 350 €.

To complete the inscription it will be necessary to send:

 -  Copy of passport (validity has to be longer than 6 months)

 -  Visa request form properly filled and signed (2 copies). These documents will be sent to participants.

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 -  A recent photo


ARTifariti 2018 is open to any person interested in participate attending to the event or collaborators. Those people who want to attend without performing a project can send a motivation letter with the reasons why they want to attend ARTifariti 2016 to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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ARTifariti 2016 Después del Futuro/بعد المستقبل/After the Future

29 October - 12 November
Sahrawi Refugee Camps, Tindouf (Argeria)


Virtual exhibition for ARTifariti 2016 Después del Futuro/بعد المستقبل /After the Future


ARTifariti 2016 After the Future
10th International Art and Human Rights Meeting in Western Sahara

How to imagine the future?




ARTifariti 2016 / AFTER THE FUTURE

X International Art and Human Rights Meeting

in Western Sahara

 Wilaya de Bojador

 Sahrawi Refugee Camps

 From October 29th to November 12th 2016


ARTifariti completes the ninth edition of the International Meetings of Art and Human Rights in Western Sahara under the theme "40 years of resistance"


(Press release. November 12th, 2015)

70 artists from eleven countries bring ART AND COMMITMENT

to the Sahrawi refugee camps after the floods disaster 

Their works mainly discussed the Sahrawi resistance, the writing of collective memory, the struggle of women and the precarious exile


The Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf just reached forty years of resistance to the Moroccan occupation with an unprecedented natural disaster. Nine days of uninterrupted rains that have destroyed the adobe homes of more than 17,000 refugee families, according to provisional government data, of which 11,441 have already been cataloged by the UNHCR. In the days following the floods, with a Saharan population struggling to return to "normality", a contradictory term in this infamous exile, a hundred people gathered in the ninth edition of ARTifariti, the International Meetings of Art and Human Rights in Western Sahara, convened under the theme "40 years of resistance." 70 artists and 50 projects representing Algeria, Bulgaria, Colombia, Spain, USA, Finland, the Netherlands, Mexico, Norway and the Western Sahara have been presented during the festival.

 Despite the emergency, the organizers of ARTifariti and the local authorities decided to keep the call open for the need to document what was happening in the fragile and precarious Sahrawi refuge, to which families have not come washed away by the rains but fleeing military occupation of their territory. The transmission of energy and hope and the healing capacity mobilized by these artistic processes that provide the interaction of creators and local population was one of the reasons that motivated the non-suspension of the call.

The participants have worked hard and in difficult conditions, bringing forth all their art, effort and affection; and transforming their initial projects into commitments of solidarity. As hints of what happened these days in the Bojador camp: one of the artists has turned her proposal of a theater play with women artisans into a crowdfunding to restore their collapsed carpet workshop, others have painted lush murals in the blazing sun that followed the rains, and protest canvases of the Sahrawi culture and struggle, some have built kilns and adobe trees, have brought to schools music and storytelling, they have held workshops of relaxation and

reflexology, recorded lullabies with mothers and grandmothers, exchanged letters and light, shared tea with families and rescued the memory of the elderly, the struggle of women and the voice of the singer Mariem Hassan; artists have brought down walls with performance and fired their cameras against oblivion, they have tattooed bodies and ruins left by the rains, have made art therapy with people affected by the floods, graffiti with their own blood and shamanic ceremonies with drums and circles of fire. All this in the midst of many difficulties and always with a friendly and respectful attitude.

As summarized by the artist from Seville Federico Guzmán, who has coordinated the delegation of foreign artists: "Faced with the difficulties, we have learned something very important: the reverence, acceptance and gratitude that we see in every Sahrawi are not resignation, resentment or bitterness to their fate, but active resilience to colonial oppression. The Saharawi colonial conflict is not something alien and distant, but the brutal expression of the capitalist, colonial and patriarchal predation in all our societies. As artists and as people we are together with the Sahrawis in an asymmetric nonviolent struggle for a more livable world."

ARTifariti 2015 was held from November 1st to 10th in the Bojador camp, near Tindouf (Algeria), in the Sahrawi Art School. Before the closure, chaired by the Prime Minister of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Aldelkader Taleb Omar; the young curatorial team of the next edition, the tenth, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the ceasefire between Morocco and the POLISARIO Front, has presented its proposal "After the future," appropriating the title of Franco Berardi (Bifo) to generate dialogues with different groups of young Sahrawis and ties that create new ways of reimagining the future after 40 years of resistance.




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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