Mophradat is an international nonprofit contemporary arts association that creates opportunities for thinking, producing, and sharing among contemporary artists from the Arab world and their peers everywhere. Mophradat sees its activities as tools – artistic, discursive, professional, and financial — for artists and cultural thinkers to use toward inventing new arts practices, arts organizations, and art publics. Mophradat believes the content — ideas, artworks, and relationships — generated through its activities contributes to diversifying the artistic and intellectual ecology; making it more vital and compelling, and able to play an emancipatory role in the Arab world and elsewhere.
Mophradat works toward these goals through:
- A grant-making program aimed at artists, curators, thinkers, and organizations from, in, and concerned with the Arab world to develop their practices.
- A program of producing and presenting ambitious new art projects by emerging contemporary artists from the Arab world, in partnership with museums, art centers, theaters, and festivals.
- An eight-week full-time or twelve-week part-time training program at European art institutions for young Arab curators, arts managers, arts producers, and arts administrators living in the partners’ cities.
- An annual convening of emerging artists, writers, and curators from across the Arab world to discuss shared concerns related to the arts field and its future.
- Residency opportunities for artists and writers to immerse themselves in different contexts, in partnership with several international organizations.
- An annual program for three or four curators to travel together to an international location for research and exchange.
- Publishing both commissioned and existing writings and books (online and in print) to share ideas among the arts community.
Mophradat aisbl is a Belgian association and its office is in Brussels. It was founded in 2004 as the Young Arab Theatre Fund (YATF), and in 2015 changed its name to better accommodate and reflect its evolving mandate and scope of activity.