Arts for Advocacy



Project Director

Dr Laura Jeffery

The University of Edinburgh

Dr Laura Jeffery is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. She has fifteen years of experience working on forced displacement, collective identification, community mobilisation, and the politics of victimhood (e.g. Jeffery 2006; 2011). She has published on cultural festivals and cosmopolitanism (Jeffery 2010) and changing representations of the homeland in song lyrics (Jeffery 2007) and realist painting (Jeffery and Johannessen 2011), was academic consultant for a historical play (Jackson 2012), and curated a homeland photography exhibition. She is developing a cluster of action research investigating the productive potential of the creative arts in general and of ‘poetic inquiry’ (Prendergast 2009) in particular for expression, interaction, and mobilisation in contexts of forced displacement. She is also PI on "CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage Across Generations”, an AHRC Follow-On Fund for Engagement and Impact.



Project Co-Director

Dr Mariangela Palladino

Keele University

Dr Mariangela Palladino is Lecturer in Postcolonial and Cultural Studies at the University of Keele. She has experience in the field of migration, and is PI of the AHRC-funded project ‘Responding to Crisis: Forced Migration and the Humanities in the Twenty-First Century’ (2016-8), developing academic and creative responses to the current migrant crisis. A founding member of GRAMNet, since 2010 she has collaborated with the third sector and led on outreach events. She has published on migration and culture (e.g. Palladino 2014; 2015) and on interdisciplinary legal/cultural approaches to migration (Palladino and Gjergji 2016). She is a member of Keele University’s interdisciplinary Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre (CASIC), which aims to co-create knowledge through community engagement and artistic/creative methods. Latest works include: a co-edited book [with John Miller, Sheffield] titled The Globalization of Space: Foucault and Heterotopia (Pickering and Chatto 2015) which explores the concept of heterotopia by examining a range of contested spaces from a multidisciplinary perspective. Her longer term research plans centre on a study of representations of contemporary migration between Africa and Europe and the idea of a postcolonial Mediterranean. Traversing postcolonial studies and cultural studies, this work will also address questions concerning identity, space culture and the environment.



Project Research Fellow

Dr Sébastien Bachelet

The University of Edinburgh

Dr Sébastien Bachelet is the named Research Fellow on the Arts for Advocacy Project. Dr Bachelet has been engaged in ethnographic research on migration in Morocco since 2011 and has longstanding links with migrant leaders, activists, artists, practitioners, and researchers based there. He has recently finished an ESRC-funded PhD on irregular sub-Saharan migration to Morocco, examining how migrants faced with precarious living conditions make sense of and cope with their uncertain lives, curtailed mobility, and processes of illegalisation: 'Irregular sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco: (im)mobility, illegality and "adventure" in Rabat (University of Edinburgh, 2016)'. Currently, he is in the process of editing a number of publications stemming from this doctoral research.




Project Research Assistant

Mairi O'Gorman

Mairi is a PhD student in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis title is "Tree of Knowledge, Tree of Life: Intimacy and Rebirth in London and Seychelles."



Julien Fleurance

Julien Fleurance has roots in the Reunion Island and was born in 1985 in Ris Orangis in the Paris suburbs. His work focuses on the present moment, its inscription into the slump of time and its plastic transcription. Disciplinary plurality is a crucial and recurrent element in his work.

Julien is passionate about street arts and the freedom they entail; he has produced graphic works by combining a kind of heralding vocation to his drawing techniques. Julien works on canvas, paper, wood and various other recycled materials, mixing drawing, lettering and gluing. He has also focused his research on matter and the use of pigments.

Julien Fleurance works on the theme of memory – memory of a place, memory of a body, memory of an environment ... Sometimes from a societal perspective and sometimes with a contemporary approach. His photographs, installations and paintings are thus impregnated by these various artistic fields, both in terms of image's aesthetics as well as in the timelessness the subject itself suggests. Julien is based in Hamburg (Germany).


Amine Oulmakki

Amine Oulmakki works in Rabat, the city in which he was born in 1986 and where he grew up. In his young age, his first experience with the photography was in the restroom his father converted to a dark room. It is in 2006 that the spark was lit in Amine when taking a picture of his great grand-mother, who at the time was ill and had just lost her sight. His visual language grew from that event. Amine joined the Superior Institute for Cinema and Audiovision (ISCA).

His work has been exhibited at Rabat’s 2012 Short film festival (Audience Award), the 2014 Festival Maghreb du film and 2013 Festival des rives de la Méditerranée (Jury's choice (short film "Un jour la vie" 2012), the Villa des Arts of Casablanca, French Institute of Rabat (Series "L’œuvre au noir ou la part de l’ombre"), the 2016 Marrakech Biennale ("Oxygène"). Amine has also held several artistic residencies (France, Spain).

Time and body, life and death, the brevity of a moment... Those are the themes that inspire and pave Amine's creative process. From film to digital, from Polaroid to cellphones, Amine's work is experimental, intuitive, and introspective. It draws inspiration from daily encounters, from Morocco, his country and Ocean district in Rabat, his neighbourhood. It also wishes to honour the men and women who nurtured Amine to reach his full potential.



Dabcha is a director, actor and comedian based in Rabat. He studied psychology at the Université Mohammed V. Passionate about writing and contemporary performative dance, for him, the played body is animated by the memory, total or fragmentary, of its own experiences. Besides its memory, the body must rely on objects. These are humans’ eternal companions. Silent and static in appearance, they are the guardians of our social memory. Dabcha was also a comedian in the company Daha-Wassa (‘here and now’), whose aim was to propose an innovative approach to dramaturgy in Morocco.


Yvon Langué

Yvon Langué has a background in sociology and graphic design. He is fond of the connectedness of ideas and is curious about topics at the crossroads of art, theory and social sciences. Yvon has successively worked as Gallery Manager and exhibition assistant at the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts, and curatorial/editorial assistant at Kulte Gallery & Editions (Rabat). He is carrying on an editorial design project dealing with the infographic visualization of African historiography, which he develops as an educator at the Marrakech School of Visual Arts. He was guess curator of “MIGRATIONS. RÉCITS. MOUVEMENTS.”, a display of migrants videos works exploring issues of togetherness, displacement, loss, heritage, identity and diversity, with the group Arts for Advocacy, (La Villa des Arts—La Fondation ONA, Rabat, dec. 2017). With his partner Soukaina Aboulaoula, Yvon recently co-founded Untitled, an Editorial design, Art Direction, and Curatorial duo based in Marrakech, Moroccco.














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