Mai Abu ElDahab
Raised and educated in Cairo, Mai Abu ElDahab is a contemporary art curator living in Brussels since 2007. Her curatorial projects have been concerned with “how we work” as much as with the “what we do”. Before joining as director of Mophradat in fall 2014, she was most recently co-curator of the 8th Liverpool Biennial, and from 2007 to 2012, she was director of Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp. She has edited and co-edited many publications including These are the tools of the present (2017), Final Vocabulary (2016), Circular Facts (2011), The Agreement by Hassan Khan (2011), amongst others, all from Sternberg Press. She also commissioned two records, Both Sides of the Curtain by The Dwarfs of East Agouza (with Unrock, 2017) and Behave Like an Audience by Concert (with Sternberg Press, 2013).
Administration and Production Coordinator
Alberto García del Castillo
Alberto García del Castillo is a Spanish arts curator and administrator, actor, playwright, and writer. Since 2014, he runs the Brussels-based arts initiative Buenos Tiempos, Int. with Marnie Slater. He has recently scripted and performed the words of Esther Newton, Ocaña, and Luis Zapata, this last one in collaboration with Mexican scholar Susana Vargas Cervantes. He has published two books Merman (2017) and Retrospective (2014) both with Shelter Press and has also written for publications like Girls Like Us magazine.
Programs and Editorial Coordinator
Marie-Nour Héchaimé is a contemporary art worker who grew up in Beirut and was initially trained as a lawyer. In 2017-18, she participated in the Experimental Program in Arts and Politics (SPEAP) founded by Bruno Latour. She previously worked with several contemporary arts institutions including most recently Council and La Colonie (both in Paris), and from 2013 to 2016 at Ashkal Alwan (Beirut). She is involved since 2014 with Arts Collaboratory, a self-organized, horizontal ecosystem of twenty-five socially-engaged arts institutions.
Born in Beirut, Krystel Khoury has since 2006 been working as a cultural consultant and coordinator for organizations in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, France, and Germany, for which she coordinates and implements projects engaging artists from the Arab world and Europe. Trained originally as a dancer, Khoury holds a Masters in Performing Arts from Université de Lyon and earned a Ph.D. in anthropology of dance and intercultural dynamics from Auvergne Université in 2014. Her research focuses on embodied knowledge and political discourses, dance education, artistic processes, and anthropological theories. Her latest contributions include Theatre Against Borders (Arts Mdpi, 2018) and Dancing In The Waiting Room (ASA 18, Oxford University). She is also the editor of Lullabies from the Worlds of Islam (Al Ayn museum, 2018) and com(.)com (2019).
Hanaa Safwat is a visual artist and writer based in Cairo, whose work has been exhibited in PhotoCairo 5 and Nile Sunset Annex, in addition to site-specific work and performances in public and private spaces.
Hendrik De Smedt
Having completed a master in drama at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound (RITCS) in Brussels, Hendrik De Smedt developed his professional career as a freelance actor, theatre-maker and production manager in the international field of performing arts. In 2009 he started A Two Dogs Company, the structure supporting the artist Kris Verdonck. He was for five years the managing director and production manager of the company. In 2015 he became Director (ad-interim) of Het Theater Festival Vlaanderen, the annual Flemish festival of performing arts. In June 2016 he graduated at the Vlerick Business School in Gent with an Executive MBA. At the moment he is director of the Drama Department at the RITCS along with being a freelance advisor for Mophradat. He is also a board member of several non-profit artist initiatives.