Two year art collaboration kicks off

Photo credits: The Oldest Stone by Mathieu Girard

A two year art collaboration aims to bring Tanzania and Canada closer together and get ideas — and art — to travel further. Photo: The Oldest Stone/Mathieu Girard

For the next two years, a Canadian born in Tanzania, an Italian living in Canada, Tanzanian artist Gadi Ramadhani and over a dozen other artists will be taking part in an international collaborative arts project.

“Its aim is to make ideas travel and develop engaged artistic discourse beyond borders,” says project co-curator Sarah Brown, who was born in Tanzania and grew up in Zimbabwe.

The project, which will operate under the banner of Ittibitti arts collective, will be a collective exhibition and a series of related programs, talks and workshops which will bring together 10 Canadian artists and 10 Tanzanian artists.

“We plan to present the exhibition in Dar towards the end of 2017, and then it will travel back to Montreal in 2018. We would like some of the artists to travel with the exhibition to give talks and workshops,” says Brown.

The project is still in early stages, so input is welcome.

“We are making connections in order to partner with … institutions and art centres in order to have a strong network and to have multiple venues.”

Brown hopes to also include some non-traditional venues such as schools in order to make the art more accessible.

You can contact the artists at ittibittitanzania (@) gmail (.) com

Note: edited at 12:07 August 18 to include contact information.

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Daniel Hayduk
Daniel is Dar Post's news director. When not in the newsroom, he spends his days helping NGOs across the continent find their creative side.