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Mama Helvetica

Adina Secretan (CH)

associate artist – creation

open daily 10:30 am – 6:30 pm | free access
12:30 pm open meal, pay what you want
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm carte blanche to the hosts/guests*

In the Canton of Vaud, several daytime centres for asylum seekers bear the somewhat mysterious name of Mama Africa. The centres are warm, filled with sofas, a few games sometimes, lots of downtime and quite a bit of invisibility. During the whole festival, a few steps away from Nyon’s Mama Africa, a temporary place will be set up where no ID or entrance ticket is required. Its name: Mama Helvetica. Every person who crosses the threshold becomes both host and guest, for a minute or for the whole day. It is unclear exactly who welcomes whom. Every day, at lunchtime, a meal is prepared, open to all. In the late afternoon, hosts-guests have carte blanche to share practices and give presentations and workshops relating to their approach. At all times, Mama Helvetica is defined as a place to talk, create, test, share and at times, kill time together. A place that changes daily to highlight a simple question: How to be a good host and how to be a good guest?

Schedule day by day : 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 August
Full programme :  pdf

Au far°, on échange à «Mama Helvetica»
Le Courrier, 9 août 2017
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Un restaurant éphémères où les migrants reçoivent la population locale
24 Heures, 11 août 2017
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Un lieu d’accueil éphémèreoù se mêlent artistes, migrants et Nyonnais
La Côte, 14 août 2017
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NRTV fait sa Culture
Nyon Région Télévision, 31 août 2017
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*The hosts/guests are : Caractères Mobiles, Mil M2, Jessica Huber et James Leadbitter, Anna Rispoli, Ant Hampton, Britt Hatzius, Mazyar Zarandar… and many more.

concept, permanent team: La Section Lopez & friends / production: La Section Lopez, far° Nyon / support: État de Vaud

L'espace, la participation, l'art
entretien avec Adina Secretan, Mil M2 et Anna Rispoli
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