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Turning Tides, Shifting Sands


1/04/23 12pm


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QANAT members Francesca Masoero and Shayma Nader invite you on a walk along the banks of the River Thames to observe its tidal movements and muds. Participants will be encouraged to read and discuss together alongside the streaming water. You will also look out for objects carrying memories of a different time and space, share the findings with the group and add a wish for the future.


QANAT is a collective platform that explores the politics and poetics of water to reflect and act (up)on the multiple contextual understandings and forms of (re)production of the commons in Morocco and beyond. Drawing from various forms of knowledge and acts of resistance and solidarity to dominant environmental narratives and injustices, QANAT aims to create spaces through which we can speculate upon new collective imaginaries to design new spatial and epistemological configurations for our cities. The collective develops archives of resonant reflections and actions that knit together local struggles into transnational patterns for nourishing debates across dispersed localities. QANAT was initiated at LE 18, a cultural space in Marrakech. 

Francesca Masoero works as a curator, cultural organiser and researcher. She is part of LE 18 where she initiated QANAT. With a background in critical theory and political economy, she explores notions resistances in multiple forms, including testing collective-making processes within and beyond the art field, and researching the politics and poetics linked to watery worlds. More about Francesca Masoero

Shayma Nader is an artist, curator and translator from Palestine. As part of her practice, she has been organising workshops and projects on forging and reactivating memories of and in the land through collective walking, listening and fictioning to enter decolonial and land-centred imaginaries and practices. She is a member of QANAT and a PhD candidate in artistic research at ARIA, Sint Lucas School of Arts and University of Antwerp. 

Images: Courtesy of Qanat.


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