Titled Where are the Oases?, this new edition of the PEI aims to analyse the notion of oasis as a space of ideological resistance and generation of shared knowledge. In a clear allusion to the geographical poetics of Édouard Glissant, in which context is the essence of writing and political action, this PEI is established as an archipelago, networked and decentralised; as a series of self-sufficient and interconnected modules, which expand the Museum’s desire to connect a community that extends beyond the group of face-to-face participants in Barcelona.

The conceptual proposal is articulated around the transmission of knowledge and pedagogical formulas that emerge from the intersection between theory, activism and artistic, decolonial, trans-feminist and anti-racist practices. From this perspective, the PEI emphasizes the urgency of networking and the creation of other possible scenarios as platforms for emancipation in response to the crisis derived from global economic and cultural extractivism, the growing threat of fascism and its interdependence with forms of state and its apparatuses.

The next Independent Studies Programme (IEP) will have a conceptual direction shared between Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Bolivian-German writer, curator and philosopher who is currently artistic director of the Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne; Kader Attia, an artist who grew up between France and Algeria, curator of the 2022 Berlin Biennale and founder of La Colonie, Paris, in 2016; and Elvira Dyangani Ose, Director of MACBA. In addition to thinking and planning the programme, this management team has established a collaborative network promoted by MACBA, the Akademie der Künste der Welt (Cologne) and La Colonie (Paris).

Image of the communication campaign of the Independent Studies programme 2023-2024