Deadline: Friday, June 14, 2019
Travel dates: October 13 to 23, 2019
Initiated in 2018, Orbitals is an annual program taking three to four curators, selected through an open call, to an international location for a ten-day guided research trip to meet and share their experiences with peers in the art scenes they are visiting.
For the second edition of Orbitals, three or four curators will be selected to travel together to New Delhi for a week to get to know the art scene, visiting artists and curators, as well as local art institutions and initiatives. The group will then travel by train for a two-day seminar in Chandigarh, bringing them to the city’s main architectural sites to explore this renowned modernist urban model, and how it relates to and influences contemporary cultural production. This two-day trip will be guided by architecture scholar Mohamed Elshahed.
Organized in collaboration with the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA), the program will also be partially tailored to the specific interests of the selected participants. Mophradat will plan the entire trip while covering airfare, insurance, and visa costs, as well as providing participants with accommodations and per diem.
The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) is a non-profit organization based in New Delhi, India. It was set up in 2007 with an aim to broaden the audience for contemporary Indian art, enhance opportunities for artists, and establish a continuous dialogue between the arts and the public through education and active participation in public art projects and funding.
Mohamed Elshahed is a curator and architectural historian focusing on modernism in Egypt and the Arab World. He is the curator of the British Museum’s Modern Egypt Project and Egypt’s winning pavilion, Modernist Indignation, at the 2018 London Design Biennale and the author of Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide (AUC Press, 2019).
- Applicants must be curators and/or researchers in a field of contemporary art (all disciplines are welcome).
- Applicants must be from or living in the Arab world.
- Applicants must have at least three years’ professional work experience in a field of contemporary art.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate prior experience working on international projects, exchange, or collaboration in their home country or abroad.
- Applicants must be working in the non-profit/non-commercial field.
- Applicants must be available to participate for the entire duration of the trip, and commit to taking part in all its activities and complete schedule
Applicants must send the following material in English or Arabic by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 14, 2019:
Full CV/resume including current address and citizenship.
Please answer each of these questions in maximum 250 words:
Please describe yourself and your interests.
What are you working on at the moment?
Why are you interested in joining this trip (and have you been to India before)?
- Applicants will be notified by email of the selection results by mid-July 2019.
- All applicants, whether selected or not, receive a response to their applications.
- Mophradat does not provide individual feedback explaining why an application was not selected.
- If selected, an agreement will be signed between the participant and Mophradat.
- A narrative reflection on the experience must be submitted to Mophradat within two weeks of returning from New Delhi.