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Matthew Galloway to present new works from his ongoing project The Ground Swallows You, during ARTifariti 2016: After The Future, International Art and Human Rights Meeting in Western Sahara.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 5:36:18 p.m.

Matthew GallowayMatthew Galloway, The Ground Swallows You (detail) (2016). Beachhead’s PEACE OF MIND, Artspace 2016. Photograph by Sam Hartnett


Press release provided by Blue Oyster


Dunedin-based artist and designer Matthew Galloway has been selected as a participant in ARTifariti 2016: After The Future, International Art and Human Rights Meeting in Western Sahara. Taking place from the 29 October until 15 November 2016 in the Western Saharan refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, ARTifariti has created a context of dialogue using artistic practices over nine previous editions.

Galloway will travel from Dunedin to Western Sahara to present new works from his ongoing project The Ground Swallows You, which was first presented earlier in 2016 as a solo show at Blue Oyster Art Project Space (Dunedin), and then as part of the group show Beachhead’s PEACE OF MIND at Artspace (Auckland). The experience will inevitably be a rare and valuable insight into the Western Saharan situation on the ground, exploring and understanding life in these longstanding refugee camps on the border of Algeria to understand more about the 40 year long conflict and Aotearoa's involvement via international shipping and trade.
After The Future is the Tenth Edition of ARTifariti. In order to remember the 25th anniversary of the Ceasefire between Morocco and Western Sahara, the current edition will focus on the Sahrawi Youth born after 1991. This generation has grown up in the camps after the war, in an atmosphere of tension, awaiting a self-determination referendum which has not come, a generation that does not know the land they are fighting for.

This year's curatorial team is composed by two Sahrawi, UmdLaila Bujari and Walad Mohamed, and two Spanish, Charo Romero Donaire and Jose Iglesias G'Arenal. Their goal is to use the artistic platform as a means to create a network of decolonial solidarity beyond Sahrawi borders: "We assume we are working from precariousness and territorial schemes with which we do not identify with ourselves. We believe that ARTifariti can be a place from which to approach, not only the solution of Western Sahara conflict, but also global problems. How to imagine the future?"

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