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INVISIBLE BORDERS / NIGERIA: THE TRANS-AFRICAN PROJECT, 2015 The Invisible Borders Trans-African Project is a platform that gathers African artists to reflect on the question of borders and their implications in 21st-century Africa. Since 2009, the envisaged utopia has involved trans-African exchanges. With a metaphor borrowed in part from the Trans-African Highway, it builds on the limitations of pan-Africanism and the failures of nationalism. As a result, it becomes possible to situate the project as Trans-African by proposing the generative power of movement as an antithesis to the limitations of borders both imagined and real. Insofar as nationalism builds on the cartographic project of colonialism, the project has sought to propose nonlinearity and fluidity – a state of perpetual flux – as a condition of trans-Africanism. The Trans-African Road Trip annually brings together artists from different countries in Africa to make road trips across borders while creating works inspired by their experiences. BELONGING 185


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