This Large Lab Debate starts with a 15-minute documentary on an unprecedented experiment organised by the EU Delegation to the African Union: MAISHA, an Afro-European Music Residency, organised in April/May 2019 in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. 12 artists from both continents discovered themselves personally and musically, and, after 15 days of work, recorded in a studio and performed their work in Ethiopia’s National Theatre. The documentary is screened for the first time at the EDDs. A longer version is being developed for Film Festivals.
Following the documentary, the debate will revolve around the following questions:
- How might artists document or make visible forms of inequality? What impact might their work have in shaping political and economic debates in these areas?
- How can policy-makers benefit from the works of artists that highlight inequalities?
- How might artists and institutions work with communities and activists to reduce inequalities?