Inspiring a new generation of thinkers

AtWork is an itinerant educational format and is a key tool of the Quality Education program of the Moleskine Foundation.

It was conceived by lettera27 and the curator Simon Njami, that uses the creative process to stimulate critical thinking and debate among the participants.

AtWork has started its journey in 2012 in Dakar and since then it continued to travel around the African continent and beyond with the vision to inspire a panafrican and global network of creative thinkers.

What is AtWork?

The AtWork format consists of 3 main elements:

1. Workshop

The key element of AtWork is a workshop conducted by an artist or a curator on a chosen topic. The topic stimulates  collective discussion and a personal self-reflection on issues such as identity, diversity, culture and community.

As a final output of the workshop each student produces a personalized notebook, which fixes the process of self-reflection triggered by the workshop. Each notebook takes on its own character and is the reflection of a thought at work.

AtWork Kampala, photo by Clare McLay

2. Exhibition


The produced notebooks are exhibited in an art show, co- curated by the students themselves.

The participants may then choose to donate their works to our collection of ‘artist notebooks’, unique pieces of work created by different artists on Moleskine notebooks, among which Bili Bidjocka, Antonio Marras, Maurice Pefura, Sigur Rós, Marina Spadafora, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Pélagie Gbaguidi, Mwangi Hutter, Giorgio Vigna and many others. The collection is used to help support the Foundation’s activities.

AtWork Abidjan Chapter 02 exhibition, 2014

3. Community

All the workshop participants become part of the AtWork Community, a group of international artists, students, curators, cultural organizations, intellectuals, who believe that art can be a tool for social transformation.

AtWork Kampala, photo by Solomon Okurut

“I think people who are confronted with art should be a bit freer to think about themselves, and someone who is free is someone who is willing to transform their society.”

Simon Njami — Advisor

Why is this important?

There is a widespread problem with the vast majority of institutional educational systems in Africa and beyond. Too often, educational institutions teach young people only to master rules and memorize facts, entrapping students within the boundaries of hierarchy and conformism. With AtWork we want to provide those young people with another form of learning and knowledge acquisition and help them to think differently, to get out of their comfort zones, to be free to question the society around them.

Who is the target?
Students, young creative talents.

AtWork Cairo Chapter 04, photo by Luca Dimoon

Summary

Conceived by
lettera27 and Simon Njami

Online platform
at-work.org

Advisor
Simon Njami

Colophon

Partners
Kër Thiossane, Dakar, Senegal
Fondation Donwahi, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Al Riwaq Art Space, Manama, Bahrain
Kunstenfestival, Watou, Belgium
mARTadero, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda
Maisha Foundation, Kampala, Uganda
Polimoda, Florence, Italy
Nation25, Venice, Italy
Darb 1718, Cairo, Egypt
Something Else, Off Biennale Cairo
Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Modena, Italy
State of Concept, Athens, Greece
Tandem Europe
Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
FARE, Milan, Italy
Leo Burnett, Milan, Italy
Desta for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Hangar, Lisbon, Portugal