I had a dream: N'Djamena, Chad

At the dawn of any cultural transformation, there is always a dream. Young people in Chad discover how using the right tools can help them to achieve their dreams.

By Moleskine Foundation

AtWork I Had a Dream N'DjamenaMoleskine Foundation

100 participants, 100 dreams, 100 projects

This is the vision behind AtWork “I Had A Dream”. Conceived by the Moleskine Foundation and the writer Simon Njami, the travelling workshop engages communities in 4 different places; Rome, Italy; N’Djamena, Chad; Kampala, Uganda; with the final leg to take place in Harare, Zimbabwe in November 2018. 

Lively debate and open expression facilitate the safe environment necessary for critical thinking and creative doing. The 5 day workshops culminate in an exhibition of the artistic notebooks produced as metaphors of the process. As Simon Njami says, “We were born what we were born, but we always become what we did. In few words, I Had A Dream is a call to action, here and now”.

AtWork I Had a Dream N'DjamenaMoleskine Foundation

Yangwang Cam-Cam, AtWork N'Djamena participant, said:

“AtWork gave me the hope to continue with my journey to become a comics strip illustrator and not give up, not to feel marginalized, but to have confidence in myself and my dream”

AtWork I Had a Dream N'DjamenaMoleskine Foundation

The N'Djamena Chapter

From a cultural perspective, little is happening for local youth in Chad. Local Cultural Manager, Oumaté Abdoulaye Abdul approached the Moleskine Foundation to bring AtWork to his home country in order to address its “culturally hungry and deficient” reality. His belief that there is a will and desire to stimulate critical thinking and change what’s on offer lead to the partnership with his organisation, Jamah Afrik.

27 aspiring filmmakers, producers, actors, stylists, entrepreneurs and writers gathered under the guidance of Simon Njami to debate, critique and exchange their dreams at the National Museum of Chad, where the results were then unveiled in an exhibition. Let’s explore their dreams.

The PyramidMoleskine Foundation

Pale Dirsala Germain

My dream is to create a big art gallery that will be used to sell works by local artists internationally.

The PyramidMoleskine Foundation

The Pyramid

My representation pays homage to the pharaohns and to all the important Africans who have left their mark on African history.

The house of dreamsMoleskine Foundation

Natoï-Allah Djimasra

My dream is to become a rich and famous artist.

The house of dreamsMoleskine Foundation

The house of dreams

This is a collection of all the dreams of the AtWork N’Djamena workshop participants. I thought it would be better and more interesting to dedicate a page of my notebook to the dreams of each participant, with both name and signature, making the notebook the host of all dreams contained under one roof. Dreams are our physical representations. We will remain together forever in this house of dreams, and together we will make our dreams come true.

My Face in ArtMoleskine Foundation

Halam Gael

My dream is to become a painter.

My Face in ArtMoleskine Foundation

My Face in Art

My Moleskine notebook showcases my personality in full artistic activity. This stage is called: Me and My Brush.

Automn/Winter collectionMoleskine Foundation

Abdoul Karima

My dream is to become an international fashion designer to introduce my style to everyone.

Automn/Winter collectionMoleskine Foundation

Automn/winter collection

I designed a model showing a beautiful dress that I created for my collection.

The StarsMoleskine Foundation

Amata Laotaye (LTY)

I dream to express my vision and my fantasy through my art.

The StarsMoleskine Foundation

The stars

I painted this picture because there is a connection with the quote. The stars fascinate me. They clothe the Universe in an atmosphere of dark colors and lights. I am one of those who aim for the moon just to vex the sun: to say that the greatest are those who do not pretend to be. They are like the moon, while the sun represents the egocentrics.

The walkersMoleskine Foundation

Djeguembde Mathurin

My dream is to become a great photographer.

The walkersMoleskine Foundation

The walkers

My notebook tells about those who walk the streets of N’Djamena because they do not have the money to pay for transport.

AudacityMoleskine Foundation

Appolinaire Guindimbaye (Doff)

I dream of becoming a great artist

AudacityMoleskine Foundation

Audacity

Daring to face our fears so we are able to abandon the darkness and reach the light.

La Tchadiennerie – Chad’s Tannery La Tchadiennerie – Chad’s Tannery (2018) by Mouine Al-BissatyMoleskine Foundation

Mouine Al-Bissaty

I dream of becoming a great entrepreneur to create a commercial enterprise that will be active in Import and Export.

La Tchadiennerie – Chad’s TanneryMoleskine Foundation

La Tchadiennerie – Chad’s Tannery

My notebook is an expression of my project: I have covered it with different types of leather, and it has become a small catalog of what I would like to export.

The Golden Palm is mineMoleskine Foundation

Arnauld Badjonre

I dream of becoming a director.

The Golden Palm is mineMoleskine Foundation

The Golden Palm is mine

In this notebook I express my proud in raising the Golden Palm I won at the Cannes’s Festival.

Solange BankMoleskine Foundation

Solange Nepidimbaye

My dream is to create a production company to produce my films and realize them.

Solange BankMoleskine Foundation

Solange bank

I’m looking for money for the production of my film. The confidence that I place in myself encourages me every day to make every possible effort to be my own director.

New VisionMoleskine Foundation

Bani Ganga Aristode

My dream is to be an artist who, through his work meets different cultures and different stories.

New VisionMoleskine Foundation

New vision

My vision is to encounter different cultures and different stories. A multifaceted artist must have a far-sighted (universal) vision in order to discover and be discovered.

Baleine production and Chams TVMoleskine Foundation

Komna Marie-Madeleine

My dream is to become a producer, to have a production company with a television channel.

Baleine production and Chams TVMoleskine Foundation

Baleine production et Chams TV

I tried in this notebook to create a production company and a television channel.

PhotographyMoleskine Foundation

Bichabe Bantola

I dream of being a renowned photographer.

PhotographyMoleskine Foundation

Photography

Photography for me is a means of expression, as are novels and music. It makes it possible to reach the masses through images, and to plot a story.

The CinemaMoleskine Foundation

Alio Hachim Alio

I dream of being a famous filmmaker nationally and internationally. I wish to leave my mark in the cinema before dying.

The CinemaMoleskine Foundation

The Cinema

In my Moleskine notebook I recreated a cinema, a movie theater containing the cinematic essence of the director.

Memsol CamMoleskine Foundation

Memsol Nadjiena Mayan

My dream is to become a good camerawoman and editor.

Memsol CamMoleskine Foundation

Memsol Cam

An analogue camera which I named after myself, Memsol Cam, so that I can work on my images.

A Shrine for My PenMoleskine Foundation

Idriss Adoum

My dream is to be a world-famous writer.

A Shrine for My PenMoleskine Foundation

A Shrine for My Pen

The ink of my writing symbolizes the importance of the text. In my notebook, I wrote quotes from Victor Hugo and Thomas de Quincey as an effort to be inspired by writers who have distinguished themselves in world history.

The inverseMoleskine Foundation

Soukibe Francis

My dream is to be a great creator of bas-relief.

The inverseMoleskine Foundation

The inverse

This is a basrelief I made during the AtWork Chad workshop which represents the inverse, the opposite of the life cycle and rotation of a clock. I want to arouse critical thinking by reversing the order of the life cycle and clock rotation.

My Life With VinMoleskine Foundation

Mariam Hunwanou

My most ardent dream is to play in movies with the American actor Vin Diesel.

My Life With VinMoleskine Foundation

My life with Vin

I express my plans, excitement, and life changes I envision will occur on the day I am able to meet and get to know Vin Diesel.

A Hostage BankMoleskine Foundation

Labe Nadjidoumde Raoul

My dream is to become a director

A Hostage BankMoleskine Foundation

A Hostage Bank

In my Moleskine notebook, I tell the story of two young people, Modoya and Djawneya, who try to get rich by robbing a bank, but are unfortunately arrested in a hotel by the police and later sentenced to ten years in prison.

You Are Engraved in Our MemoriesMoleskine Foundation

Rubain Adoum Klamong

My dream is to be remembered.

You Are Engraved in Our MemoriesMoleskine Foundation

You are engraved in our memories

I have immortalized myself through this notebook. I created a monument to myself, where some people memorialize in epitaph their regret on the day when I am no longer of this world.

Hospital of concernsMoleskine Foundation

Djimyenan Innocent

My dream is to become a great photographer reporter.

Hospital of concernsMoleskine Foundation

Hospital of concerns

It’s a photographic series that tells the making of the local beer named « Argui ».

Cinematic setMoleskine Foundation

Monemadji Pulbertine Yalde

My dream is to become a director.

Cinematic setMoleskine Foundation

Cinematic set

My work represents a casting. This work is a preparatory stage to filming.

This is my dreamMoleskine Foundation

Yangwang Cam-Cam

My dream is to be a great cartoonist.

This is my dreamMoleskine Foundation

This is my dream

My work tells about a 17-year-old teenager who dreams of hacking the CIA. One day, his friend Manassé asks him to help with a report he’s writing on American secret societies. During his research, he discovers a breach in its security system and downloads documents from it. The CIA arrests him, but offers him a deal to work for them. He accepts on condition that he can do it from his bedroom. One day the CIA director asks him to locate a terrorist, Ben Khalil. He succeeds in finding him, something no one had managed to accomplish, and is awarded the IT prize of the year.

My pen, my inkMoleskine Foundation

Nichakbe Melanie

My dream is to become a presenter journalist.

My pen, my inkMoleskine Foundation

My pen, my ink

My pen is the wing that will help me fly to new destinations looking for new knowledge; the microphone will raise my voice to my audience.

AtWorkers Family AlbumMoleskine Foundation

Roland Gotongar

I dream of becoming a famous cartoonist and comic artist.

AtWorkers Family AlbumMoleskine Foundation

AtWorker's family album

My notebook is a “family album” containing caricatures and nicknames of the workshop leaders and participants.

The story of little MiskineMoleskine Foundation

Aicha Bachar Issa

My dream is to become a famous writer, child advocate, write about kids and for kids.

The story of little MiskineMoleskine Foundation

The story of little Miskine

The story of a boy named Miskine, born into a poor family, which I wrote during the AtWork workshop. It highlights the risks and poor developmental results in children raised with a lack of adult attention.

Radio-StudioMoleskine Foundation

Anne-Marie Kadja Bale Mando

My dream is to be a journalist reporter

Radio-StudioMoleskine Foundation

Studio-Radio

In my notebook I created a radio studio from which my voice will transmit what I have recorded with my microphone and pen, which I also recreated in the notebook.

Credits: Story

AtWork N'Djamena "I Had a Dream" Chapter 11

Partners:
Djamah Afrik, National Museum of Chad

AtWork N'Djamena "I Had a Dream" Chapter 11 Conductor:
Simon Njami

AtWork N'Djamena "I Had a Dream" Chapter 11 Coordinator:
Oumaté Abdoulaye Abdou

Photo shooting:
Bichabe Bantola

for more information visit www.moleskinefoundation.org
www.at-work.org
www.moleskinefoundationcollection.org

All the notebooks'images are courtesy of Moleskine Foundation Collection

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