Left Forum — Art as a Weapon in Western Sahara: New Strategies in the Fight for Independence

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Date/Time: 19/03/2011 12:00 am

Among the events at Left Forum
Art as a Weapon in Western Sahara: New Strategies in the Fight for Independence
Africa Art G. Panel Session 3—Saturday 3:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.Kirby Gookin—New York University ApprovedAlonso Gil Lavado—ARTifariti & Sahara Libre Wear Federico Guzmán—ARTifariti Francis Gomila—ARTifariti Kirby Gookin—New York University Mouloud Said—Polisario Front, Sahrawi Arab Democratic RepublicRobin Kahn—AutonomediaAutonomedia 82W614
Western Sahara, formerly the Spanish Sahara, is Africa’s last colony. Rejecting the UN’s resolution to decolonize and the International Court of Justice’s call for a referendum on self-determination for the indigenous Sahrawi people, Spain instead granted sovereignty over the territory to Morocco and Mauritania. For the past 37 years, the Sahrawi people led by the Polisario Front (recognized by the UN as their legitimate representative) have been fighting for independence. Today more than 150,000 Sahrawis are exiled in refugee camps in Algeria, and hundreds of thousands more suffer oppression and human rights abuses under Moroccan occupation inside their homeland. This panel will present cultural programs recently initiated to bring global attention and support to the Sahrawi struggle. Each panelist has worked in Western Sahara and the refugee camps, and all but one participated in ARTifariti, an annual “arts for human rights festival” held in the Liberated Territory of Western Sahara.
I thought you would be interested (i have press release with links, etc. if you are interested):
Art as a Weapon in Western Sahara:
New Strategies in the Fight for Independence
∑at Left Forum 2011 the largest gathering of social justice activists in the country. (www.leftforum.org)
Saturday, March 19th, 2011 3:00-5:00 pm
Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, NYC Room W-614
What could be more relevant at a time when neighboring Northern African regimes are crumbling?
The Panel:
Kirby Gookin, moderator, NYU, ARTifariti 2010.
Mouloud Said, Frente POLISARIO, Representative of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in Washington, DC.
Alonso Gil, artist and co-curator of ARTifariti 2010, Sahara Libre Wear.
Francis Gomila, artist, ARTifariti 2009, Wall of Shame.
Federico Guzmán, artist and co-curator of ARTifariti 2010, Lxs Desconocidxs/ The Unknown: Portraits of the Sahrawi Disappeared.
Robin Kahn, ARTifariti 2009, author of Dining in Refugee Camps: The Art of Sahrawi Cooking (Autonomedia, 2010).
Tell your friends, tell your students∑$20 at the door (for an all-day pass)
A worthy investment toward an uplifting experience∑
An exchange of information about artists working
Across borders
ALSO on Saturday is The RECOLONIZATION OF AFRICA by SaharaReporters with Sowore Omoyele as moderator.

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