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Mophradat Names Artists for Inaugural Consortium Commission

Mophradat, the Brussels-based contemporary arts organization that aims to create opportunities for artists from the Arab world, has revealed the artists who were selected for its inaugural Consortium Commissions—a new co-commissioning initiative for which cultural institutions from across the globe team up to support the production of new work. The program will award $22,000 to six artists and collectives.

The artists chosen are Basma Alsharif, Shadi Habib Allah, Yazan Khalili, Maurice Louca, Jasmina Metwaly, and nasa4nasa, an artist duo made up of Egyptian choreographers and dancers Salma Abdel Salam and Noura Seif Hassanein. Among the winning proposals that will soon be realized and presented over the course of the next two years are Alsharif’s large-scale installation centered around a handmade book that will be presented in English, Arabic, and French; Khalili’s multimedia project exploring facial recognition technologies and biopolitics; and Metwaly’s film featuring tailors from Iraq, Syria, and Egypt, and refugee shelters in Berlin.

The emerging Arab artists were nominated by Consortium Commissions’ network of partner institutions: CCA: Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow; the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; Kunstencentrum BUDA in collaboration with the Next Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium; the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; MDT in Stockholm; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto. Two additional organizations with specializations in music will also be added to the network in the months to come.

“We are thrilled to launch the Consortium Commissions with such a strong selection of artists and exciting partnerships,” said Mophradat director Mai Abu El Dahab. “The voices of the artists find their way into the international art discourses through their reciprocal engagement with leading arts institutions beyond the dated models of national representation or award shows. Commissioning significant works in close collaboration with committed curators who have a global outlook on art at a key moment in these artists’ careers represents a profound opportunity for their practice.”