Mophradat occasionally organizes public book launches, meetings, and celebrations.
Mophradat occasionally organizes public book launches, meetings, and celebrations.
December 6 at 7pm at Beurscafe, Cobra Bar Gallery, and Lord Byron, Brussels
7.00 to 9.00pm at Beurscafe, Cobra Bar Gallery, and Lord Byron
Les mots bleus, a series of intimate readings* of new writing by artists for the bar room
9.00pm onwards at Beurscafe
A Tragicomedy about Political Organizing, a story told by Mary Jirmanus Saba
She has room, a performance by Noor Al-Samarrai
Shazamy, a music/DJing session by Andeel
“A Step Too Far” is an evening in two parts presented in collaboration with the Beursschowburg. The night begins with a walk between the bars Beurscafe, Cobra, and Lord Byron in Brussels city center for Les mots bleus – a series of intimate readings of new writings by artists Andeel (EG) with Mary Jirmanus Saba (LB), Noor Al-Samarrai (IQ/US), and Abdellah Taïa (MO). Later, the program continues at the Beurscafe with a story told by filmmaker and geographer Mary Jirmanus Saba, a performance by poet and musician Noor Al-Samarrai, and ends with music mixed by cartoonist and writer Andeel.
The first of a new series of evening programs,“A Step Too Far”, is an ongoing experiment by Mophradat with different forms of direct public address that propose changed dynamics between artists and audiences that generate immediate relationships in shared social space.“A Step Too Far” implies both a setting where gentle intimacy is desired yet unattainable, but also situation where intentional provocation elicits unease. These evenings will continuously swing between both.
Les mots bleus is a series of texts written by visual artists, performers and writers commissioned to be read aloud in bars. On the night of Les mots bleus, the audience is invited to walk from bar to bar where a reader, sitting at a table, is waiting to read one of the stories. These words, over a table and possibly a drink, are an invitation to follow some adventure similar to how late night conversations in bars can sometimes be. Les mots bleus is an ongoing project developed collaboratively by curator François Aubart and artist Benjamin Seror.
A Tragicomedy About Political Organizing is a story told by Mary Jirmanus Saba about summer 2015 when her neighbour installed an electricity generator in the building next door, just one short meter away from her bedroom wall, and proceeded to run it 15 hours a day. Meanwhile, trash removal – the last existing public service provided by the Lebanese government – was suspended, carpeting Beirut in garbage for weeks, and sparking a series of mass demonstrations, the demands of which the state would completely ignore. Without sleep, and frustrated by the horizons for change, she decides to organize her building.
For Shazamy, Andeel uses the help of AI and a combination of multiple apps to create an illusion of professional overrated DJing. A rough mixture of non-homogenised genres, beats, and tempos with a subtle political undercurrent emphasizing the necessity of being as open as possible on the dance floor in the dark times of xenophobia.
In She has room, Noor Al-Samarrai backtracks between catharsis and a goldmine of inherent awkwardness in an attempt to unify body and voice. There will be henna ‘n eggs. There will be slop and mud, and an attempt to get to the heart of it.
Andeel (b.1986) is an Egyptian cartoonist, journalist, scenarist, experimental artist, actor, and sometime DJ. He works in journalism, cinema, and in the internet since 2005.
Mary Jirmanus Saba (b. 1983) is a geographer who uses film and other media to explore the histories of labor movement in the Arab world, and its connections to Latin America, feminist internationalism, and new transformative possibilities. Her debut featureA Feeling Greater Than Love won the International Critics Prize at the 2017 Berlinale Forum.
Noor Al-Samarrai (b.1992) is an Iraqi-American poet and performer. She studied at UC Berkeley and was a Fulbright Creative Arts Grantee in Amman where she studied oud with Omar Abbad, taught creative writing at the University of Jordan, and collected oral histories about life and love in mid-20th-century Baghdad for a book on the city’s psychogeography. Her poetry collection El Cerrito was published by Inside the Castle Press in 2018.
Abdellah Taïa (b. 1973) is a Moroccan writer published by Editions du Seuil. His novels are translated in several langages: Le rouge du tarbouche (2005), L’Armée du Salut (2006), Une mélancolie arabe (2008), Lettres à un jeune marocain (2009), Le Jour du Roi (Prix de Flore, 2010), Infidèles (2012), Un pays pour mourir (2015), and Celui qui est digne d’être aimé (2017). In 2014, he produced his first movie, based on his namesake novel, L’Armée du Salut. It won the Grand Prix du Festival d’Angers.
June 14 at 7pm at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
On the occasion of Orbitals, Mophradat and Museo Tamayo invite you to an evening titled What’s Your Favorite Ending? Part of an ongoing series of events Mophradat has previously organized in Brussels and in Cairo, the evening asks invited artists and curators to respond to the given question in whatever format they choose. The event includes responses by Orbitals participants Alia B. Al-Sabi, Hicham Bouzid, Kamila Metwaly, and Ahmed Refaat, and they are joined by artists Miguel Calderón and Ana Gallardo.
Orbitals is an annual curatorial research trip organized by Mophradat that takes four curators from the Arab world to learn about a particular art scene. For this first edition, Mexico City was chosen as a destination for its complex and multi-layered art ecology and cultural landscape.
Alia B. Al-Sabi is a Palestinian writer and researcher, and currently a Helena Rubenstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.
Hicham Bouzid is a Moroccan curator and artistic director of Think Tanger and Atelier Kissaria in Tangier.
Miguel Calderón is a Mexican artist working in a variety of media to reconfigure a dark sense of humor through exploration of different social territories.
Ana Gallardo is a self-taught Argentinian artist living between Buenos Aires and Mexico City, whose work proposes art as a space of reflection and transformation.
Kamila Metwaly is an Egyptian-Polish music journalist, electronic musician, and curator living between Cairo and Berlin.
Ahmed Refaat is an Egyptian researcher and film programmer at the Contemporary Image Collective (CiC) in Cairo.
February 21 at 7pm at Mophradat, rue de l’Abattoir 4, 3rd floor, Brussels 1000, Belgium
Mophradat collaborates with curator Aram Moshayedi on an evening in which artists to respond to the question: “What’s Your Favorite Sound?” With Manon de Boer, gerlach en koop, Kamila Metwaly, Diederik Peeters, Reem Shilleh, and a backdrop by Mounira Al Solh. During the event, Moshayedi will introduce some of his projects involving artists’ music, and Mophradat will present a newly released vinyl record by The Dwarfs of East Agouza (Mophradat/Unrock 2017). Drinks will be served.
Manon de Boer is an artist primarily working with film, living in Brussels.
gerlach en koop have been working as a collective artist since 2000.
Kamila Metwaly is a music journalist, electronic musician, and curator based between Cairo and Berlin.
Aram Moshayedi is curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Diederik Peeters is a licensed visual artist accidentally lost in the stables of performing arts.
Reem Shilleh is a filmmaker and, with Mohanad Yaqubi, part of Subversive Film.
Mounira Al Solh is a Lebanese-Dutch visual artist.
This event is organized in collaboration with Flanders Arts Institute on the occasion of Aram Moshayedi’s participation in its Visitor’s Programme. With thanks to Beursschouwburg.
Read about Postscript here.
Wednesday October 4 at 7pm @ Bureau des Réalités
To mark the publication of Mophradat’s book of interviews, These are the tools of the present, with Bureau des Réalités we invite you to an evening during which artists Chris Evans, Jasmina Metwaly, and Sophie Nys will each present their favorite tool against a backdrop designed by Nile Sunset Annex, and accompanied by Marnie Slater reading a text written by Mirene Arsanios.
Book launch for How to Know What’s Really Happening by Francis McKee, a co-publication with Kayfa ta @ Buenos Tiempos in Brussels on February 20, 2017.
What’s Your Favourite Conspiracy Theory?– an evening of conspiracies with McKee, Sven Augustijnen, Eleanor Ivory Weber, and Geo Wyeth, hosted within a scenography designed in collaboration with Laurie Charles.
A book launch and a conversation @ Townhouse Rawabet, Cairo, on February 13, 2017.
Iman Mersal talks about her new book co-published by Mophradat and Kayfa ta, How to Mend: On Motherhood and its Ghosts, a conversation moderated by writer and journalist Yahya Wagdy.
Grant event @ Dawawine in Beirut on Wednesday September 14, 2016 at 7pm.
An open event presenting artwork and projects Mophradat has supported so far, a shared moment for us to introduce to our work, activities, and grant programs.
An evening of music to celebrate many new beginnings — of autumn, of songs, of ideas, and of collaborations @ Beirut Art Center, Beirut, on Thursday September 8, 2016.
The evening featured music by Concert (Chris Evans, Norten Morbye Halvorsen, Benjamin Seror) and the Dwarfs of East Agouza and was followed by dancing to the tunes of Beirut-based DJ Jana Saleh. The Cairo-based art collective Nile Sunset Annex presented their latest glossary term: bar.