Orientation trips
The Mondriaan Fund organises orientation trips for visual artists and mediators to Asia, Latin America and Africa since 2004. The trips are aimed at exchange and cooperation between visual art professionals.


Day 11



On behalf of Mondriaan Foundation, Prince Claus Fund, Premsela Foundation, BAM – Institute for visual, audiovisual and media art, DAA –Danish Arts Agency and Prohelvetia


Blog updates

Thanks a lot for visiting our blog in such great numbers and following what we have been doing during this orientation trip 2011...


Day 11 – Casablanca architectural tour, CasArts & L’Boulevard

Hectic schedule of our last day in Casablanca somehow helped reduce the tension of the last day of the Orientation trip...


Day 10 – Les Abattoirs de Casablanca / Fabrique Culturelle

After our visit to the Société Générale Maroc, where we got our first (pretty unsettling) introduction to the local contemporary art scene...


Orientation Trip 2011 on YouTube

We’re back home from our Orientation Trip. The coming days we will upload new blogs and images from our visit to Casablanca.


Day 9 – Aissa Dione, textile designer

Our next appointment is with Aissa Dione at her textile factory. The search for her place takes our bus to an hour of wandering through the streets of Rufusque...


Day 9 – l’ Ecole des Sables / Jant-Bi (Toubab Dialaw)

After some detours and thus somewhat later than planned we arrived at L’Ecole des Sables. Notwithstanding previous agreements we seem to arrive unannounced...


Day 9 – Dutch interlude with Erik Pol in Rufisque

Time for lunch. And yet another occasion to revise some of our stereotypical preconceptions about nationality and customs.


Day 8 – Architecture School, Black Music Worldwide, diner at Le Kadjinol

On our 8th day we visited the Maison des Esclave at Goree island. We will soon put more information and images about this visit on our blog.


Day 8 – Loosing time / The beauty of hell

There is a lot of waiting, here at the West Coast of Africa. We wait for people and in busses and taxis in the huge traffic jams of Dakar.


Day 7 – La Manège, Ker Thiossane and Les Ateliers Leydi

Abou is the first Senegalese artist I meet. He starts to talk to me as soon as I step outside the hotel compound.


Day 7 – YouTube video of Kër Thiossane

Please click here to see the short YouTube report on our visit of Kër Thiossane (Villa for Art and Media) in Dakar.


Day 6 – Farewell Bamako – Hello Dakar!

Early morning awakening immersed in intense daily activity of a Monday morning and having a walk in the area of Missira to say goodbye to Bamako and to Mali...


Day 5 – Ségou, Ndomo, Niger and Kalabougou

Turning away from the common ways of the Orientation Trip, today’s programme turned out to be absolutely fascinating...


Day 5 – YouTube video Bogolon workshop

Please have a look at the YouTube report on our Bogolon workshop at Ndomo educational complex:


Day 4 – YouTube video of our visit to Festival Sur le Niger

We just uploaded a video of our visit to the Festival Sur le Niger Foundation and their brand new cultural centre in Segou.


Day 4 – Visit of Festival Sur le Niger / Centre Culturel Kôré

After an almost 5 hour-long bus ride through the impressive landscape we reached hotel Savanne in Ségou and after a lunch...


Day 3 – Abdoulaye Konaté, Bla Bla Bar & Le Diplomat

After the recycling market the group split up. Some went to visit the studio of Aboubakar Fofanna, artist and designer specialized in indigo...


Day 3 – Centre de la Bande Dessinée

Our third day in the capital of Mali. We leave the peaceful Missira neighbourhood where the roads are nicely paved at 9.30 a.m. and...


Delay in new blogs due to connection problems

Over the last few days we had difficulties in updating our blog due to internet connection problems in out hotel in Segou and Bamako.


Day 3 – Recycle Market YouTube Video

On the 3rd day we visited a ”Recycle Market” in Bamako. More info about the Recycle Market will follow as soon as possible.


Day 3 – YouTube video of Centre de la Bande Dessinée

On the 3rd day (4 March) we visited the Centre de la Bande Dessinée in Bamako. Click here to watch a short YouTube video.


Day 2 – YouTube video of our 2nd in Bamako

A short video impression of our second day in Bamako can be viewed on YoutTube.


Day 2 – Bamako here we come!

After a beautiful first evening in the Bla Bla bar we started this morning with a visit to the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers Multimedia.


Day 1 – Amsterdam – Paris – Bamako

Yesterday morning the Orientation Trip group gathered for the first time, at Schiphol Airport for a pre-trip-meeting.


Preparations Trip in Full Swing

An outline of the programme is now online! (This programme is subject to changes as time proceeds.)