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7th edition of the Artivist Sailing. Cross-border rights and duties: Jumping the Wall of the Shame.
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During the 7th edition of the Artivist Sailing (20-21 May in Donostia) we will sail through the desert, talking in Dialogue Circles and working in a Laboratory about the Saharawi people.

Friday, the 20th of May, from 6pm to 9pm (Jaima Tuiza, San Telmo Museum, San Sebastián)

The artist Federico “Fico” Guzmán has installed in San Telmo Museum of San Sebastián the Jaima Tuiza within the program called “Among the Sand” from Faro de la Paz. And there, in Jaima Tuiza, we will celebrate the “Meeting as an artwork”. We will meet up in a Circle of Dialogue with five art and activist mentors who fight for the rights of Western Sahara: the artist Fico Guzmán, the poet Limam Boicha, the Mother Courage Takbar Haddi and the activists Hayat Rguibi and Tamila Dambar, both participants of the resistance championship Gdeim Izik[1], precursor of the Arabian Spring. At this Circle we will talk about the “Intifada of Art”, a nonviolent form of resistance to the oppression of the occupant through cultural means. Apart from sharing worldwide the Saharan cause and activate and keep its heritage and identity, the art it is a way to transform personally and collectively. The artist goes beyond his or her exiled, marginalized or taken condition and transforms in the co-creator of the destiny of his or her town.

Saturday, the 21st of May, from 11am to 7pm / from 7pm to 9pm / from 9pm to 12am (San Telmo Museum and Zuloaga Square, San Sebastián)

We will divide the day in three parts.

The first part (from 11am to 7pm) will consist of a CreActive Laboratory where we will design a performance, a choreography[2] titled “The Route of Western Sahara”.

During the second part (from 7pm to 9 pm) “The Route of Western Sahara” will be represented. On a map with large dimensions we will represent corporally and plastically diverse moments of the Saharan history: the colony, the Green March or Moroccan invasion and the exile of the camps in Tindouf. We will make visible the “Wall of Embarrassment” which divides the Saharan territory and families by the biggest minefield of the world. We will locate the pillaging of natural resources and discriminated places as well as places where the population is oppressed. Moreover, we will reveal the pacific intifada and the Saharan resistance from the camps of Gdeim Izik. What is more, we will situate on the territory the areas that are in a process of liberation and the ones that are already free. Finally, we will complete the map with symbols and elements of the Saharan culture and tradition.

At the end (from 9pm to 12am) we will celebrate Yeltsa Asaharauia, a Saharan evening event. We will outline the map with candles as well as relate legends, poetry and songs. We will also take some tea and watch over the prisoners of conscience all over the world.


Federico Guzmán (“Fico”) is an Andalucian artist and activist, and coworker of Artifariti (International Meetings of Art and Human Rights in Western Sahara) and of the Saharan Art School. Some of his recent projects are these: Ayuda humanitaria al Primer Mundo, Nuit Blanche from Toronto (with Cambalache); La canción del tomaco, MEIAC Badajoz; El otro desafió, University of the Atlantic, Barranquilla. He has published texts like “The Art of Sahrawi Cooking”, as a part of the documental of Kassel (with Robin Kahn) or for a book called Destrucción y construcción del territorio IV of the Complutense University of Madrid. His actual project is Tuiza at San Telmo Museum of San Sebastián inside of the program Amog the Sand.

Limam Boicha was born in Western Sahara in 1972. With the Moroccan invasion at the Saharan territory in 1975, Limam was admitted in Cuba as well as other young people. Once in Cuba, he graduated in Journalism at the University of Santiago de Cuba. After 13 years living in Cuba, he returned to the refugee camps and he works now for four years at the Saharan National Radio although he resides as a Spanish citizen. He is the author of “Los Versos de madera” (2004) and member of the poetic group called Generation of the Saharan Friendship and of the Bubisher Association of Writers for Sahara.

Hayat Rguibi is a Saharan activist for human rights resident in Spain. She was brought into prison and tortured at the Black Prison of Laayoune. She participated at the pacific protest of Gdeim Izik. Hayat is an activist fighting for the self-determination of Western Sahara. She is also a member of the Future Forum of Saharan Women at the occupied area; a member of Equipe Media, first organization of resistance journalism founded at Western Sahara; and coworker at the International Film Festival of Sahara (FiSahara) as well as coworker of Saharan House Animetu Haidar in Seville.

Yamila Dambar is an activist of the occupied Laayoune who has denounced worldwide the Moroccan cruelty and has demanded the end of the occupation of her country. Her brother Said Dambar died by the Moroccan police in December 2010. With a shot in his head, Said was left at the freezer morgue of Laayoune for sixteen months refusing to the family the right for an impartial autopsy. Finally, the body of Said was buried hastily in January 2012 without the presence of his family. Therefore, his relatives and the international community continue demanding justice.

Takbar Haddi is the Mother Courage of the murdered young boy Haidala Mohamed Lamín (21 years old). Haidala was mistreated, was not attended at the Moroccan hospitals and therefore, as a consequence, he died. One year ago, the 15th of May 2015, Takbar started an indefinite hunger strike and nowadays she continues her activism against injustice with the support of hundred people who have joined together her hunger strike.

[1] Gdeim Izik was a camp that was built on October the 20th 2010 (10/10/10) just 15 km apart from Laayoune. Within a few weeks it brought together almost 30,000 activists who demand bread, work, dignity and recognition of the rights of the Saharan town to the Moroccan system. Gdeim Izik is considered to be the precursor of the Arabian Spring.

[2] Choreography: concept created by the Colombian artist and activist (artivist) Carolina Caycedo. A choreography means all those daily collective movements in a territory that mean the resistance of the colonial power.

Contributor: San Telmo Museoa




Gernika Peace Museum, Gernika Gogoratuz and Donostia 2016

Contributor: San Telmo Museoa

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