Interview with the director of the Delfina Foundation - April 2012

To reflect and to research on mobility means to be in a state of permanent travel. Theory and practice come together thanks to the potential of mobility and exchange, facilitating the development of a complete experience that engenders a perceptual shift in our ways of seeing and living the realities that surround us.

If the practice of mobility means to face many complexities – primarily economic, political and bureaucratic – then at the same time it allows us to explore and experience the touch and knowledge with other cultures, with spaces, places, ideas, images and different notions.

The proliferation of mobility projects and international residencies is due not only to the growing trend to want to live a life of multiplied, fragmented, fluid experiences, integrated into a system of networks and flows, but also to the proliferation of centers, organizations, foundations, etc., that promote residency and mobility programs in the most remote parts of the world.

One of the most important contemporary foundations, whose vision and primary focus are residential and artistic exchanges, is the Delfina Foundation.

Based in London and oriented towards the MENASA region – Middle East, North Africa and South Asia – the Delfina Foundation places itself on the international stage as a platform, “as a refuge” in the words of its director Aaron Cezar, where dynamics of exchange are activated to create new geographical segments, new artistic routes, new formulas of contact and new possibilities of research and creativity.

To work in this context means to reflect on the poetics and politics of mobility, on the developments of the educational and training models, as well as to create and imagine hybrid models opened to the merging between different creative disciplines.

The mobility experience transforms us, opens up new visions and provokes and brings up many questions. Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio, Art Researcher / Critic / Curator at the University of Barcelona, interviews Aaron Cezar to know more about the Foundation’s activities and reflect on the present and the evolution of mobility practices.

You can read the complete interview on Interartive

Excerpts from the interview:

HBM: What will be the future of mobility?

AC: The future of mobility is one that is no longer focused on East-West or North-South exchanges but involves more East-East and South-South collaborations.

I would also love to imagine a world where there are fewer visa restrictions.