Arts centre BUDA is part of Mophradat’s new project Consortium Commissions

Mophradat announces artists selected for the inaugural Consortium Commissions

The non-profit contemporary arts organization spearheads a pioneering, collaborative model of art production, which will jointly produce ambitious new artworks by six emerging artists from the Arab world. Exhibitions and performances will take place across a network of international organizations from 2018 to 2020.

Brussels / April 18, 2018 – Mophradat, an international nonprofit contemporary arts association that creates opportunities for contemporary artists from the Arab world, today announces the artists selected for the inaugural Consortium Commissions. A new model for co-commissioning art projects, the initiative creates an avenue for production outside of commercial interests and state patronage, while strengthening collaboration between existing non-profit arts organizations. Mophradat has created a network of collaborating partner museums, art centers, theaters, and festivals around the world, in order to collectively select, produce, and exhibit ambitious new artworks by emerging contemporary Arab artists. 

The 2018 selected artists are: Basma Alsharif, a Palestinian/American visual artist; Shadi Habib Allah, a Palestinian visual artist; Yazan Khalili, a Palestinian architect and visual artist; Maurice Louca, an Egyptian musician; Jasmina Metwaly, an Egyptian/Polish filmmaker and visual artist; and nasa4nasa, a duo of Egyptian choreographers and dancers (Salma Abdel Salam and Noura Seif Hassanein). The artists were selected on the basis of the artistic merit of their solicited project proposals after a rigorous nomination process from within the project’s international partner network. Mophradat would also like to recognize the shortlisted artists: Noor Abuarafeh, Doa Aly, Fayçal Baghriche, Shuruq Harb, Mahmoud Khaled, Lynn Kodeih, and Joe Namy.

The inaugural Consortium Commissions is developed in partnership with CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow (with curator Ainslie Roddick), the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (with curator Aram Moshayedi), Kunstencentrum BUDA in collaboration with the Next Festival in Kortrijk (with curator Agnes Quackels), KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (with curator Tirdad Zolghadr), MDT in Stockholm (with curator Danjel Andersson), and Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto (with curator November Paynter). Two additional partners with specializations in music will be announced shortly.  

nasa4nasa will be presented in arts centre BUDA in November 2018, in frame of NEXT festival:

The Egyptian dance collective nasa4nasa is drawn to venues of extreme functionality, re-appropriating spaces of regimented movement and highlighting dancers as trained bodies. Created in collaboration with musician Asem Tag, their works consider choreography as a way to organize time and space in order to develop an exhausted and unstructured dance. (nasa4nasa will also benefit from a production residency at Kunstencentrum BUDA to develop the performance that will be presented at Next Festival and MDT.)