Recently cited as a model of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa, Mali today is experiencing one of the most serious security, political, social and institutional crises of its history.
Repeated physical aggressions against Tunisian artists and intellectuals have taken place in several regions of the country: March 2012, a theatrical event was attacked by thousands of Salafists in downtown Tunis and artists were aggressed. Intellectuals were attacked during public conferences. May 2012, an attempt to murder with severe physical aggression took place on a theatre professor and artist and the members of an artistic association in Kef… All this happened openly and publicly without intervention of the police and without a serious position being taken by the government to protect artists and condemn and arrest the aggressors!
Mimeta participated in a panel conversation on urban development in Africa and the issue of inclusive change. Other participants were architects from South Africa such as Iain Low (professor at University of Cape Town), Fadly Isaacs (lecturer at University of Cape Town), Gita Goven (CEO of ARG Design) and Swedish architect Karin Milles (city architect Sundbyberg) the discussion quickly moved towards the issue of community involvement.
It is six years since we created the idea, the seed, of Mimeta. ARTerial did not exist then, except as a name on our Monday meeting held at our offices. We started our work with a spring of assessments: What did the other European states do? Which networks existed? Which organizations were involved and how were they founded? What is culture and devel...opment, actually, and what are the needs?