– MOP CAP 2015 WINNER – PUBLICATION LAUNCH –
01 December 2016
EXHIBITION AS EDITING EXERCISE | MOP CAP 2015 Winner
AS EDITING EXERCISE
A project by NADER KOOCHAKI winner of MOP CAP 2015
Curator: MIKA SAVELA
10 November, 6-9 pm
Sophia Contemporary Gallery
11 Grosvenor St, London W1K 4QB
Exhibition Open to public, 10 – 17 November
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm
29/31 Catherine Place, London SW1E 6DY
Asphalt Report / No. 1
19 May 2016
This report is a way of getting back to you on the latest in this on-going project. We start with news from Tehran.
Talking Asphalt – Interviews about the Road, the Drive and the Dark Matter was envisioned as series short talks and interviews with speakers representing a variety of professional and personal viewpoints, unified in some ways by asphalt. Thus, talking about asphalt instead of the background of the artistic work-in-progress, became a part of the research – and the work itself, extending into the life of urban Tehran. In this report, you’ll find a short review of the event and some further thoughts.
MOPCAP 2015 Winner Nader Koochaki: Artist Talk
20 April 2016
Interviews about the Road, the Drive and the Dark Matter
Friday 29 April 2016 / جمعه ۱۰ اردیبهشت
6pm (GMT+ 3.30)
Nader Koochaki, Asphalt Roll, 2015, B&W photographs, Variable dimensions
Asphalt, or bitumen, is the viscous, black and sticky substance familiar to man since antiquity and a residual product of petrochemical processes. Mixed together with gravel, asphalt forms the ever-expanding surface for the modern world and its movements. From school yards to expressways, from smog-ridden cities to road trip getaways, from the glistening rainy sidewalks to speeding youngsters in the night, asphalt has become the omnipresent, dark matter that surrounds most necessities of our daily urban existence. While we project such visual, emotional and cultural narratives on the bitumen-paved roads and streets, we almost never discuss asphalt as a unifying substance, a common nominator for these observations.
Talking Asphalt works as set of miniature interviews into the various aspects into the theme of asphalt in the urban culture of Tehran. With no preset agenda, we aim to learn from individuals engaged with the material itself, the forms of motorised movement, the road users and professionals, the observers of cultures it enables and the networks and urban spaces it is used to build. From traffic jams to hitting the Road 59, we remain curious as to where talk about asphalt may lead.
While asphalt forms a significant material mass in cities, it mostly comes across as the utilitarian and banal urban surface. Jalal Mousavi is a specialist working in the petroleum technology industry,among other things, with asphalt. But what is asphalt exactly? Here, in addition to its technological meaning, we also think of asphalt as an abstraction, a dark matter. What is the history and science behind it, or where will the use of asphalt go in the future?
With a selection of clips, film researcher Ali Gholipour will talk of the cultural and cinematic imprints of the Jade Chaloos, the Karaj dam and driving up to the North. We ask, can driving be considered a filmic experience? What significance have films had in the formation of the “North” – a wide-spread cultural reference for Tehranians?
Hirad Amiri is an all-around expert in cars, their inner and external workings and their maneuvering – with extensive technical, economic and cultural knowledge related to vehicles. How does Tehran and its car culture appear in his line of work? Is there more to cars than meets the eye? In a city that is overrun by cars, what is the lure of driving: What is there to love? Can driving be a performance, a game or play?
The event was organised by the MOP Foundation at the KNACK Art Group space, as part of the MOP CAP 2015 winner Nader Koochaki’s on-going project research. The discussion is co-moderated by the MOP CAP 2015 curator Mika Savela and Fereshte Moosavi.
MOP CAP 2015 Winner Announced
27 October 2015
Nader Koochaki has been selected as the MOP CAP 2015 Winner!
The announcement was made by Professor Andrew Patrizio, chair of the judging panel for 2015, at the MOP CAP 2015 VIP Dinner and Auction, held on 3rd October at Edge of Arabia Projects in London.
Nader will receive a one-year mentorship with curator Mika Savela. This will result in a solo-project at a leading gallery space in London in Autumn 2016; as well as a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation.
The Winner’s exhibition is generously sponsored by MHA London (Property Developers & Investors)
A special thank you to the Judging Panel; Jananne Al-Ani, Dr. Sussan Babaie, Matthew Collings and Prof. Andrew Patrizio for their enthusiasm, dedication and expertise throughout the process.
We would like to congratulate all of the MOP CAP 2015 Finalists for their hard work and dedication over the past six months!
2015 Finalist Exhibition
01 September 2015
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Saturday 3 Oct 8.30 – 10.00pm
2015 Finalist Exhibition | 28 Sep – 3 Oct | London
14 July 2015
We are pleased to announce the upcoming 2015 Finalist Exhibition,
open from the 28th September – 3rd October at the EOA Projects space in London.
The exhibition will feature work from the eight finalists:
More information to follow…
40 Elcho St, London
2015 Finalists Announced
17 March 2015
Last night at the 2015 Shortlist Exhibition opening the names of the eight Finalists were announcedWe are delighted to congratulate:
We are grateful to Jananne Al-Ani, Dr. Sussan Babaie, Matthew Collings, and Professor Andrew Patrizio for their dedication and enthusiasm.
We are extremely proud of all of the 2015 Shortlist Artists who made it this far.Make sure to visit the exhibition, which is open 17-20 March from12-6pm.
Shortlist Exhibition Opening & Announcement of the Finalists
16 March 2015
Join us tonight for the Shortlist Exhibition Opening and Announcement of the Finalists
in the presence of
HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan
from 6:30 – 9:30pm
Located in a Villa off of Jumeirah Beach Road (map below)
2015 Shortlist Exhibition | 16-20 March | Dubai, UAE
05 February 2015
MOP CAP 2015 Shortlist Exhibition
16 – 20 March 2015
Exhibition Opening Monday 16 March 7-10pm
Inaugurated by HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan
Held in a residential villa, five minutes drive from Art Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah, the MOP CAP 2015 Shortlist Exhibition will feature artwork by 20 emerging Iranian artists identified from over 280 applicants through an online open call.
Up to seven Finalists will be selected by the Judging Panel, comprised of leading figures from the Iranian and International art scenes. The 2015 judges are: Jananne Al-Ani, Artist, Dr. Sussan Babaie, Professor, Courtauld Institute of Art, Matthew Collings, Artist, Writer and Broadcaster, Professor Andrew Patrizio, Art Historian and Curator. Dr. Patrizio will act as the Chair of the 2015 Judging Panel.
To view the 2015 Shortlist click here.
From Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah (5 minutes by car)
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For further information:
Alexandra Terry, firstname.lastname@example.org
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MOP CAP 2015 Judging Panel Announced
01 December 2014
We are proud to announce the MOP CAP 2015 Judging Panel
Jananne Al-Ani – Artist
Dr. Sussan Babaie – Professor, Courtauld Institute of Art
Matthew Collings – Artist, Writer and Broadcaster
Professor Andrew Patrizio – Art Historian and Curator
The Judging Panel will meet in Dubai in March 2015 at the Shortlist Exhibition to deliberate on and select 5-7 finalists. The names of the finalists will be announced at the exhibition Private View on Monday 16 March.
Curate Archive Open Call for Proposals
04 November 2014
CURATE ARCHIVE OPEN CALL
NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Submissions accepted: 1 – 20 November 2016
CURATE ARCHIVE is an online residency programme open to artists/curators/cultural practitioners across the globe, which aims to operate as a dialogical structure to enunciate possibilities and impossibilities of working with ‘archive’.
Since the launch of MOP CAP in 2008, hundreds of portfolios submitted by Iranian artists have established a thought-provoking archive of artworks and text-based materials. As an on-going project, MOP CAP is generating new data every other year and expanding the archive excessively.Through CURATE ARCHIVE an artist/curator/writer/researcher will be appointed by MOP Foundation every four months, to reflect upon the existing MOP CAP archive of emerging Iranian artists, encouraging an open exchange of knowledge in the form of an online exhibition, including textual materials and weblogs.
For more information on the open call and details on how to apply to the open call click here.
Behnam Sadighi | The Reminder | Publication Launch
22 October 2014
Delfina Foundation in collaboration with MOP CAP 2013 hosts a publication launch
24 October 2014
29/31 Catherine Place
London SW1E 6DY
With text contributions in English and Farsi by Behnam Sadighi, an essay byDoreen Mende, and a conversation with Hamid Severi (on Skype). The graphic concept was conceived by Laure Giletti. The print edition is published by Motto Books.
A special edition of THE REMINDER will be available at the launch.
The publication is part of THE REMINDER project by Behnam Sadighi, conceived in the frame of the fellowship programme MOP CAP 2013 with an exhibition at The Showroom from September 8 – 13, 2014 and a residency Delfina Foundation in London.
THE REMINDER is an attempt towards another look at the Facebook profile pictures of Iran’s youth. These pictures, usually taken as snapshots, seem to conceal the represented person as well as all of the elements that characterise them. What does a photograph tell us about the user’s proposal of a social space, articulated through a profile image, and what may it hide to protect its portrayed author? What does a photograph loose in the midst of the unaccountability of photographs in a social media platform? To explore these questions, Sadighi reconstructed eight of these profile portraits while meeting those portrayed in person at the locations where the pictures were taken. With investigative commitment, he includes the surrounding details in each photo in order to reproduce them in a large-scale with the help of a 4 × 5 view camera. This project, like a clue in an adventure, proposes the greater question of how to reconnect to our transformed identity within today’s digital age, and how not to reveal it. Because, here the revelation is like a reminder of loss.
32 pages + cover print
Edited by Doreen Mende
Design by Laure Giletti
Published by Motto Books
Funded by MOP Foundation
2015 Shortlist Announced
13 October 2014
MOP Foundation is proud to announce the MOP CAP 2015 Shortlist selected by the three distinguished members of our Selection Committee: Shiva Balaghi, Professor and Historian, Dr. Hamid Keshmirshekan, Art Historian, Critic, and Editor, and Sohrab Mohebbi, Curator and Writer.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MOP CAP 2015 SHORTLIST!
From a strong and diverse group of 235 eligible applicants the Selection Committee deliberated over three days and arrived at this list of 20 artists. The shortlisted artists will be exhibiting in Dubai in March 2015.
Click here to view the profiles of the 2015 Shortlist.
MOP CAP 2013 Winner’s Exhibition
08 September 2014
MOP CAP 2013 Winner Behnam Sadighi’s work is founded in documentary photography. He develops his ideas through the phenomena of his surroundings caused by socio-political and cultural issues. The experiences that have the most powerful effects on Iranian lifestyle and relationships, particularly in urban environments. These changes in phenomena and self, play an integral role in reflecting his personal interpretation of life and living.
Sadighi’s most recent project is an attempt towards an-other look at the Facebook profile pictures of Iran’s youth. Through a reconstruction of the portraits their authorship is lost in the midst of their innumerability. These pictures, usually taken as snapshots, seem to conceal the represented person as well as all of the elements that characterise them. Does such loss of the authorship and privation of representation occur because of the countless-ness of the photographs, or is it because their viewers are skimming through them so quickly? Is it caused by a desire in making and/or representing a different sort of being in a matter of seconds? Or, it is such way of doing, a remembrance of an existence that shares the untold and the hidden in a corner of time?
Private View & Cocktail Reception
Monday 8 September
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Exhibition open to public 9 – 13 September, 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday 11 September
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Doreen Mende (curator & theorist)
Fereshte Moosavi (MOP art director & PhD Candidate Curatorial/Knowledge)
Behnam Sadighi (artist, MOP CAP 2013 Winner)
63 Penfold Street, NW8 8PQ London, United Kingdom
MOP CAP 2015 Selection Committee Announced
24 July 2014
Announcement of the MOP CAP 2015 Selection Committee
MOP CAP has welcomed Shiva Balaghi, Professor and Historian, Dr. Hamid Keshmirshekan, Art Historian, Critic, and Editor, and Sohrab Mohebbi, Curator and Writer to the Selection Committee for 2015.
In October 2014 the Selection Committee will meet in London to review the profiles of all eligible applicants to the open call in order to compile a shortlist of up to 21 artists. The shortlist will then be announced on the MOP CAP website.
MOP CAP 2015 Open Call
10 June 2014
The MOP CAP 2015 Open Call will take place on the MOP CAP website from 1-31 July 2014.
For more information on the eligibility criteria, and required submission material, please click here.
MOP CAP 2013 Winner Announced
15 October 2013
Anthony Downey, Chair of the Judging Panel announces Winner
Behnam Sadighi has been announced as the MOP CAP 2013 Winner! In a speech given by Dr. Anthony Downey, Chair of the Judging Panel, at the Bridge of Persia Fundraising Auction in London, Behnam was awarded a year-long mentorship with curator and theorist Doreen Mende, as well as a three-month long residency at the Delfina Foundation.
We would like to congratulate all of the MOP CAP 2013 Finalists for their hardwork and dedication over the past six months!
For a period of 10 months Behnam will works closely with curator and theorist Doreen Mende to develop a new project, which will be exhibited in London in October 2014. A series of events, including but not limited to a curator’s talk and educational tours, will be organised by Doreen, Behnam and Magic of Persia.
MOP CAP 2013 Winner’s Curator and Mentor Announced
01 October 2013
Doreen Mende to serve as the MOP CAP 2013 Winner’s Curator and Mentor
We are delighted to announce that curator and theorist Doreen Mende has been appointed as the MOP CAP 2013 Winner’s Curator and Mentor. Doreen will be working closely with the Winner for a period of 11 months during which time she will assist in the development and production of the Winner’s exhibition, taking place in October 2014.
21 May 2013
MOP CAP 2013 Finalists’ Exhibition to be held at the Royal College of Art
The MOP CAP 2013 Finalists’ Exhibition will once again be held at the Royal College of Art in London. Artwork by the 7 Finalists will be on public view from Tuesday 15 October through to Saturday 19 October 10am-7pm daily.
MOP CAP 2013 Winner to be announced
The Winner of MOP CAP 2013 will be announced by Dr Anthony Downey, Chair of the MOP CAP 2013 Judging Panel, on Monday 14 October at the Royal College of Art on the occasion of Magic of Persia’s Fundraising Auction Gala entitled Bridge of Persia.
The MOP CAP 2013 Finalists’ Exhibition, with work by all 7 Finalists, will open to the public the following day and a private view will be held that evening.
MOP CAP 2013 Finalists Announced
18 March 2013
Dr. Anthony Downey announces MOP CAP 2013 Finalists at the Emirates Financial Towers
Congratulations to the MOP CAP 2013 Finalists:
- Claudia Parwaneh Djabbari
- Negar Farajiani
- Azin Feizabadi
- Mahmoud Mahroumi
- Bijan Moosavi
- Anahita Norouzi
- Behnam Sadighi
MOP CAP 2013 Shortlist Exhbition
08 March 2013
MOP CAP 2013 SHORTLIST EXHIBITION
MONDAY 18 MARCH 2013
EFT (Emirates Financial Towers), DIFC, Dubai, UAE
16th Floor, North Tower
18:00 – 20:00
MOP CAP 2013 SHORTLIST EXHIBITION
Opening Reception and Private View
Exhibition open 18 – 23 March
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS in the presence of HE SHEIKH NAHYAN BIN MUBARAK AL NAHYAN
The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) is a worldwide search for the next generation of contemporary Iranian visual artists who have the potential to make a significant impact in their field. The MOP CAP 2013 Shortlist Exhibition will feature artwork by 19 emerging Iranian artists identified through an open call from over 450 applicants.
Claudia Parwaneh Djabbari
Maryam Iran Panah
Mohammad Hassan Nikbakht
MOP CAP 2013 Judging Panel: Philippa Adams, Senior Director of the Saatchi Gallery, London; Dr Ziba Ardalan, Founder, Director and Curator of Parasol Unit, London; Mat Collishaw, artist; Dr. Anthony Downey (Chair of the Judging Panel), Programme Director, MA Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute, London; Irit Rogoff, Writer, Theorist and Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmith’s, London; and Payam Sharifi, Co-Founder of Slavs and Tatars.
Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Anthony Downey
MONDAY 18 MARCH 2013
EFT (Emirates Financial Towers), DIFC, Dubai, UAE
16th Floor, North Tower
16:30 – 18:00
‘WHAT DOES ART DO: THE PRODUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE IN A GLOBALISED CULTURAL ECONOMY’
Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Anthony Downey
Panel members include: Zeina Arida, Director, Arab Image Foundation; Negar Azimi, writer and Senior Editor of Bidoun Projects; Dr. Anthony Downey, Director of the Masters Programme in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, & Editor, Ibraaz (moderator); Michael Rakowitz, Artist and Associate Professor at Northwestern University in Chicago ; and Payam Sharifi, Co-Founder of Slavs and Tatars.
MOP CAP 2013 Shortlist Announced
08 October 2012
On Sunday 7 October 2012, Dr Anthony Downey, Chair of the MOP CAP 2013 Judging Panel, announced the names of the 19 shortlisted artists at the British Museum prior to a panel discussion entitled ‘An Introduction on Different Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art’, moderated by Vali Mahlouji. The MOP CAP 2013 Selection Committee, who spent three days in London deliberating on the Shortlist, participated on the panel discussion, where they presented their selection, and discussed the process, criteria, and challenges involved.
For more information on the panel discussion visit: www.magicofpersia.com
The MOP CAP 2013 Shortlist
- Claudia Parvaneh Djabbari
- Shima Esfandiyari
- Negar Farajiani
- Arash Fayez
- Azin Feizabadi
- Farhad Fozouni
- Arash Hanaei
- Farzaneh Hosseini
- Maryam Iran Panah
- Mahmoud Mahroumi
- Sanaz Mazinani
- Payam Mofidi
- Bijan Moosavi
- Hani Najm
- Mohammad Hasan Nikbakht
- Anahita Norouzi
- Foad Rahnama
- Behnam Sadighi
- Parham Taghioff
The Shortlist Exhibition will take place in Dubai, UAE from March 18 – 23, 2013. Each artist will show work that they submitted to the open call. The 2013 Judging Panel will meet in Dubai, at this time, to deliberate on the seven Finalists, whose names will be announced on Monday 18 March 2013.
MOP CAP 2011 Winner’s Exhibition
20 September 2012
MOP CAP is delighted to announce Tomorrow Another City works be Shirin Sabahi, the Winner of MOP CAP 2011
MOP CAP 2011 WINNER’S EXHIBITION
Tomorrow Another City – Works by Shirin Sabahi
Saatchi Gallery, London
9th – 13th October 2012, 10am – 6pm
Exhibition Preview: Monday 8th October 2012, 6.30pm-9pm
For her first solo exhibition in the UK, Sabahi presents a new series of works made out of, and about, obsessive attempts at making a film, solving a mathematical problem and speculating a love affair. These seemingly unrelated fragments come together in a sparse but evocative manifestation of the artist’s growing interest in the ways in which artefacts are fabricated. The exhibition gathers activities stuck in an infinite present, a cycle where communication is disrupted, doubt is looped and scheduled time passes without ever coming to an end. A total of four works in the exhibition includes a film installation, a series of drawings, a flipbook and film stills. The works are the result of tasks that are either predetermined or unknown, yet one wouldn’t reach the final if not through assigning oneself to an exhaustive and repetitive search, which may or may not be futile.
Throughout the exhibition there will be a limited edition artist’s book numbered by the artist available for purchase.
On Tuesday 25th September from 7pm- 8pm, Sabahi will be in conversation with curator Gabriela Salgado, talking about her practice as well as her forthcoming exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. The talk will take place at the Delfina Foundation where she is currently artist-in-residence as part of MOP CAP Winner’s Prize 2011.
Sabahi (b. 1984 Tehran) has exhibited at Platforma Revolver, Lisbon; Konsthall C, Stockholm; Aarhus Kunstbygning; 58th Oberhausen Short Film Festival and 7th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre amongst others.
MOP CAP 2013 Open Call Now Closed
01 August 2012
The MOP CAP 2013 open call closed on Tuesday 31 July at 23:59. We have received a record number of applicants and we’d like to thank everyone who has applied!
The Selection Committee will be deliberating on the Shortlist this October, and the names of the 21 shortlisted artists will be announced on Sunday 7 October.
Watch this space for updates!!
18 June 2012
MOP CAP is pleased to announce the following confirmed judges for 2013:
- Philippa Adams, Senior Director, The Saatchi Gallery, London
- Dr. Ziba Ardalan, Founder, Director and Curator of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London
- Mat Collishaw, Artist
- Dr. Anthony Downey, Programme Director, MA Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute, London
- Irit Rogoff, Writer, Theorist and Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmith’s College, London
- Payam Sharifi, Co-founder of Slavs and Tatars
Selection Committee Announced
15 May 2012
Following the announcement of the MOP CAP 2013 open call, we are delighted to release the names of the Selection Committee. Eligible entrants to the open call will be reviewed by members of the committee, who will select a Shortlist of 21 artists.
The MOP CAP 2013 Selection Committee are:
- Fereshteh Daftari, Curator & Scholar
- Media Farzin, Art Historian & Critic
- Hamid Severi, Art Historian & Curator
For further information on the process of MOP CAP please click here
MOP CAP 2013 Open Call
27 April 2012
MOP CAP is pleased to announce an open call for 2013. Significant changes to the structure of the prize have been implemented and the nomination process of previous years has been replaced by an open call.
Entry to the open call is open to young, emerging Iranian visual artists living in and outside of Iran.
Submissions will only be accepted online from eligible entrants from 1st – 31st July 2012. For more information on the process of the Prize and to view the entry criteria please click here.
The online application will be available on the MOP CAP website from 1 July, 2012.
MOP CAP 2011 WINNER ANNOUNCED
15 October 2011
A very well attended exhibition of the MOP CAP 2011 Finalists’ works took place from 10th October 2011 at the Royal College of Art, London; culminating in an evening Private Preview on 15th October, including an auction conducted by Christie’s and the highly anticipated announcement of the Winner by the Chair of the Judging Panel, Ali Khadra.
Shirin has been awarded a solo-exhibition in an exhibition space at the Saatchi Gallery, London during Frieze Week 2012. This prestigious prize has been generously sponsored by Farbod Dowlatshahi.
The MOP CAP 2011 Runner Up is Shahrzad Changalvaee, who has been awarded a residency at the Delfina Foundation in Summer 2012.
Magic of Persia is also pleased to inform you that in recognition of his notable contribution to contemporary Iranian Art, MOP CAP 2013 will be named after the incredibly talented artist, Farhad Moshiri.
MOP CAP 2011 Finalist Exhibition 10-15 October, 2011
15 September 2011
The eight MOP CAP 2011 Finalists will be exhibiting new works at the Royal College of Art (RCA) from Monday 10 October – Saturday 15 October. The exhibition will be open to the public from 10am – 8pm.
Following a deliberation by the judging panel the Winner of MOP CAP 2011 will be announced on Saturday 15 October by Ali Khadra, Chair of the MOP CAP judging panel.
This year’s finalists are:
MOP CAP 2011 Finalist Exhibition
10 – 15 October, 2011
Royal College of Art
London SW7 2EU
MOP CAP 2011 Finalists announced
18 March 2011
On the 12th and 13th March, the MOP CAP 2011 judging panel met at Traffic, Dubai to deliberate on the finalists. The esteemed judges included: Zaha Hadid, Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Shirazeh Houshiary, Ali Khadra, Idris Khan, Abaseh Mirvali, Mohammad Mottahedan and Hans Urich Obrist.
Of the 24 Shortliested artists, 8 Finalists were selected including: Niyaz Azadikhah, Shahrzad Changalvaee, Mehdi Farhadian, Arash Fayez, Babak Golkar, Daruish Nehdaran, Hesam Rahmanian, and Shirin Sabahi.
Following a panel discussion, chaired by Ali Khadra on 14th March, the finalists were announced. The discussion, entitled ‘Cultural Brojering: Locational Allegiance and Transnational Identity’ was led by writer/curator, Vali Mahlouji.
The MOP CAP 2011 Shortlist Exhibition was inaugurated by HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan and was extremeley well received, with many Shortlisted artists in attendance.
MOP CAP 2011 shortlist to exhibit in Dubai
02 February 2011
MOP CAP 2011 Shortlist Exhibition
15.3.2011 – 19.3.2011
Panel Discussion ‘Cultural Brokering: Locational Allegiance and Transnational Identity’ 14.3.2011, 14:00 – 16:00
Private View 14.3.2011, 18:00 – 20:00
This March Traffic, Dubai, will generously host the MOP CAP 2011 Shortlist Exhibition. A selection of works from the shortlisted artists will be exhibited from Tuesday 15 March to Saturday 19 March at Traffic in Al Quoz. The exhibition follows the MOP CAP 2011 Judges’ deliberation on the 5 – 10 finalists whose names will be announced on Monday 14 March.
A panel discussion, ‘Cultural Brokering: Locational Allegiance and Transnational Identity’, led by Vali Mahlouji, will take place prior to the Private View with the participation of Ali Khadra, Abaseh Mirvali, Mohammad Mottahedan, and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The panel will look at the strenghts and limitations of cultural infrastructure in the empowerment of intellectuals and social groups in the development and dissemination of culure, in organising effective and efficient roles for them in their own societies to make sense of history, map and influence contemporary forces at play and steer the particularities on local historical conditions in confronting globalisation.
For more information on the MOP CAP 2011 Shortlist Exhibition please contact Alexandra Terry at email@example.com.
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06 November 2010
The MOP CAP 2011 Shortlist was announced by Ali Khadra, the Chair of the Judging Panel, at the Magical Nights Fundraising Auction Gala at the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi on 6 November 2010. The 25 artists, selected online by the Judging Panel, will have a selection of their works exhibited in Dubai in March 2011 where the judges will choose the 5 – 10 finalists.
The Winner of MOP CAP 2009 exhibits at the Saatchi Gallery
30 September 2010
Mahmoud Bakhshi, the Winner of the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize 2009, will exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery from September 27 – October 10 2010. The private view on Tuesday September 28th was a great success, with over 400 people in attendance.
For more information on Bakhshi’s exhibition please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibition sponsored by Vontobel and Delwood.
18 August 2010
We are thrilled to announce that Ali Khadra, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Canvas Magazine, has been appointed as the Chair of the MOP CAP 2011 Judging Panel.
MOP CAP 2011 Judging Panel Announced
12 August 2010
MOP CAP is delighted to announce the 2011 Panel of Judges. This group of internationally esteemed experts in the fields of art and design include Zaha Hadid, Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Shirazeh Houshiary, Ali Khadra, Idris Khan, Abaseh Mirvali, Mohammad Mottahedan, and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
MOP CAP 2011 Nominations Begin
01 March 2010
The MOP CAP 2011 panel of nominators begin nominating artists online.
Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar to exhibit in an exhibition space at the Saatchi Gallery, London, in 2010
02 February 2010
As the winner of MOP CAP 2009 Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar will exhibit new works in an exhibition space at the Saatchi Gallery, London, from Monday the 27th of September through Sunday the 10th of October 2010.
WINNER OF MOPCAP 2009 Announced
17 October 2009
The winner of MOPCAP 2009 is Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar. The winner was announced by Sheena Wagstaff at the Royal College of Art on the 17th of October, following the Christie’s auction of the Finalists’ works.
The MOP CAP Winner will exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in Autumn 2010
12 October 2009
The MOP CAP Winner will be awarded a solo show at the Saatchi Gallery in Autumn 2010. The Saatchi Gallery aims to provide a forum for contemporary art from around the world, presenting work by largely unseen young artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the MOP CAP Winner to be exposed to the international audience of the London art scene.
Many artists showing at the Saatchi Gallery are unknown when first exhibited, not only to the general public but also to the commercial art world. Many of these artists are subsequently offered shows by galleries and museums internationally. In this effect, Magic of Persia and the Saatchi Gallery also operate as a springboard for young artists to launch their careers.
This exhibition has been made possible by the support of the Saatchi Gallery, the continuous patronage of our established Iranian artists and most notably the generosity of Mr Farbod Dowlatshahi, a Trustee of Magic of Persia.
Major exhibition of Contemporary Iranian video art to conincide with the MOP CAP Finalists’ Exhibition
10 October 2009
Magic of Persia is presenting a pioneering exhibition of video work by 14 Iranian artists, in the RCA’s Henry Moore Gallery. Curated by Dr Sami Azar, former director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, the show is the first time that contemporary Iranian video artists have been shown on such a scale in London. Established names such as Farideh Lashai and Avish Khebrezadeh, will be displayed alongside emerging video artists, providing a rare opportunity to view the diversity of current Iranian video art.
The 14 Video Artists are:
“Facts and Illusions” will be launched with a champagne breakfast, as part of the Frieze VIP programme, at the RCA 10am – 12pm on Thursday 15th October 2009. The exhibition will conclude with a private cocktail party on Saturday 17th October 2009, 6pm – 9pm at the RCA.
Dr. Alireza Sami Azar
Art historian and architect Alireza Sami Azar was director of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts from 1999 to 2005, and teaches at the Mahe-Mehr Institute for Culture and Art. British-educated, he holds a PhD in architecture and was Professor of the faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University. During his time at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sami Azar curated numerous exhibitions and was responsible for the promotion of many Iranian artists onto the international art scene.
The artists’ works will be on sale with 50% of the proceeds being donated to Magic of Persia’s art and education initiatives.
FINALISTS PREPARE FOR INTERNATIONAL ART PRIZE
16 July 2009
Six young Iranian artists are preparing for a major exhibition of their work at the Royal College of Art, London, 15- 17th October 2009. A distinguished international jury, led by Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator at Tate Modern, has shortlisted each of them for finalists’ exhibition of the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize.
The artists are:
Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar
Commenting on the list, Sheena Wagstaff said that it was thrilling to be able to “give prominence to the remarkable creative energy that infuses contemporary art by Iranian artists.”
Artistic enterprise has long been integral to Iranian society and Contemporary art has become a vehicle for expression for a number of young Iranians. Their artistic innovation is a bright light for Iranian culture and has helped bridge divides with the West. In recognising and showcasing the strength of these works, the artists will present an image of Iran that speaks of a deep rooted artistic heritage.
Presented by Magic of Persia, the London based charity, in collaboration with the London and Tehran- based cultural consultancy Candlestar, the exhibition presents the six finalists of the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP). This is the first global award to recognise the talent of emerging Iranian artists. To ensure the highest possible quality of submission, entry was solely by nomination. Forty seven leading experts drawn from within the Iranian and international arts communities acted as nominators for the award.
Nominators used their specialist knowledge to identify emerging artists that represent the diversity and vitality of the contemporary Iranian art scene. They put forward over 120 artists who, in turn, submitted over 500 artworks across four categories: Painting, Photography, Sculpture and New Media.
The finalists exhibition will take place at the Royal College of Art in London from 15-17 October 2009 with the announcement of the MOP CAP winner on Saturday 17 October 2009.
Following the declaration of the winner the works of the finalists will be auctioned by Christie’s with half of the proceeds going to the artists and half to support the artists’ residency programme established by the Magic of Persia.
MOP CAP Finalists announced
11 April 2009
At Magic of Persia’s Dubai Gala on 11th April 2009, six Finalists were announced for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) by the chair of the international Jury, Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator of Tate Modern in London.
The MOP CAP Finalists are:
Mahmoud Bakhshi Moakhar
Sheena Wagstaff said:
“The Jury was impressed by the broad scope and sheer diversity of extraordinary new work being created by young Iranian artists. We are thrilled to know that this inaugural year of MOP CAP is the first of a long term commitment to giving prominence to the remarkable creative energy that infuses contemporary art by Iranian artists, six of whom we have selected as Finalists.”
For the 2009 Prize, over 500 images of artwork were submitted across four categories: painting, photography, sculpture and new media. Entry to the Prize is by nomination by a panel of 47 experts in contemporary Iranian art and culture from around the world.
The First MOP CAP finalists will be announced in Dubai at Magic of Persia’s Dubai Gala on Saturday 11 April 2009
08 April 2009
The Finalists will be selected by an international Jury of leading artists and curators chaired by Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator of Tate Modern in London. There will be an exclusive preview of a selection of the Finalists’ work at the Basement Gallery & Total Arts Gallery, Dubai on Sunday 12 April 2009. A major exhibition of all the Finalists’ work will be shown at the Royal College of Art in London from 15-17 October 2009. The Finalists will be chosen from the MOP CAP Shortlist of 34 artists:
The first international Prize for contemporary Iranian art, shortlist announced
20 February 2009
The first judging panel of internationally recognised experts of MOP CAP is delighted to announce the initial 2009 Shortlist. From an exceptional field of over 100 emerging contemporary Iranian artists nominated for the prize, the judges have shortlisted 34 whose works are of outstanding artistic merit and represent all fields of visual arts.
Each of the artists will now be invited to show their work in Dubai where the first panel of judges will review the shortlisted artworks. The finalists will be announced at Magic of Persia’s second fundraising gala and auction of Iranian contemporary art in April 2009, and will be invited to show their work in October 17th 2009 at the Royal College of Art in London, timed to coincide with the opening of the 2009 Frieze Art Fair.
Art Info: New Art Prize for Emerging Iranian Artists
05 October 2008
An international nomination panel made up of contemporary art experts will compile a list of nominees by November 15. A jury will then draw up a shortlist, which will be announced at a fund-raising auction gala in April 2009. This year’s jury includes such notables as Julia Peyton-Jones, Director of the Serpentine; Venetia Porter, Curator of Islamic Collections at the British Museum, and Sheena Wagstaff, the Chief Curator of Tate Modern.
MOP CAP launch event
18 September 2008
MOP CAP, the first international Prize for contemporary Iranian art, was launched on 11 September with an evening reception hosted by collectors Fatima and Eskandar Maleki.
Set against a backdrop of old masters and contemporary artists, the event attracted almost 200 guests from the London and international art and business communities, confirming that the MOPCAP is fast becoming recognised as a major new prize. Shirley Elghanian, Chairman of Magic of Persia, delivered a speech at the event to thank everyone for their enthusiasm towards the project and to encourage their continued support so that MOP CAP can become a preeminent contemporary art prize.
Still in its early days, MOP CAP has confirmed more than 20 art and culture experts who have agreed to act as nominators to ensure that the best emerging Iranian artists will enter and contribute to the success of prize.
An extraordinary list of distinguished individuals has joined the international Jury of the prize. Abbas Kiarostami, YZ Kami, Rose Issa, Kamran Diba and Julia Peyton-Jones are a selection of the outstanding members of the international arts community who will act as MOP CAP judges in its first edition.
The huge success of the launch paves a bright future for the Magic Of Persia Contemporary Art Prize.