Room 103.16
Room 103.16

Victoria Gil’s series Retratos saharauis (Sahrawi Portraits, 2009-2010) was conceived to illustrate a book of poems featuring the collaboration of different writers from Western Sahara and which sought to cast light upon socio-political conflict by describing life in desert refugee camps. The undertaking starts from an invitation sent to the artist from the ARTifariti Festival — the name of the International Encounters of Art and Human Rights of Western Sahara, held in the refugee camps close to the Algerian city of Tindouf — to contribute to the recognition, through artistic practice, of different people’s right to land and culture.

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Victoria Gil’s series Retratos saharauis (Sahrawi Portraits, 2009-2010) was conceived to illustrate a book of poems featuring the collaboration of different writers from Western Sahara and which sought to cast light upon socio-political conflict by describing life in desert refugee camps. The undertaking starts from an invitation sent to the artist from the ARTifariti Festival — the name of the International Encounters of Art and Human Rights of Western Sahara, held in the refugee camps close to the Algerian city of Tindouf — to contribute to the recognition, through artistic practice, of different people’s right to land and culture. Although the series is broad and addresses issues such as the acts of resistance before eviction attempts in the camps or the use and spread of tear gas, the pieces selected in this room allow us to represent the agency of communities of Sahrawi women, leading figures in the development of their society across more than four decades of exile. In her field journal, Victoria Gil depicts daily life in the camps and grants recognition to the participation of women not only in the anti-colonial struggle and the fight for the rights of the Sahrawi people until the present day, but also in leading community activities to improve co-existence and quality of life and creating education structures and promoting health in camps for displaced people.

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