Over the course of 8 years, Invisible Borders Trans-African Organisation has successfully organised seven artistic road trip projects that have served as a form of Trans-African exchange across countries in Africa through various artistic interventions. The projects have mostly seen participating artists travel from Lagos to other parts of Africa, but in 2014 a new dimension was introduced when a transcontinental road trip was organised. The participants travelled by road from Lagos in Nigeria to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2016, the organisation decided to look inward within African countries, and this gave birth to Borders Within. Between 2016 and 2017 there were two editions of Borders Within and both were Trans-Nigerian road trips.
In 2018, Invisible Borders Trans-African project will embark on the 8th edition of its artistic Road Trip Project. The Road Trip this time, will be a Trans-African one encompassing countries, towns, villages, rivers and Trans-African highways between Lagos (Nigeria) and Maputo (Mozambique) within a period of 95 days, from August 20 to November 23, 2018. The road trip will feature 21 participants all together (3 administrators, 9 Trans-border participants and 9 guest participants).
As has been the methodology throughout previous editions of the Invisible Borders Trans-African Road Trips, participating artists will, once again, employ their bodies as active-thinking bodies, in the negotiation of borders as well as in the re-imagination of histories embodied by this trajectory. Through tangible everyday encounters with stories, events, and happenstances indicative of lives both on the road and at border intersections, the artists will absorb experiences that will be further processed and articulated through their respective mediums of expression and shared on the go, both directly with those encountered and virtually, through a dedicated website blog.
Invisible Borders is seeking passionate African artists (photographers, writers, filmmakers, historians, architects, dancers, performance artists, and graffiti artists) who are interested in participating in this road trip.
Click here to find out more on the premise and plan for the 2018 road trip including conditions of application.
Deadline: 6 March 2018.