Private Retreats and Public Summons
Mophradat’s new venue in Athens is a space that aims to provide room and respite for individuals, collectives, and organizations from the Arab world who are championing progressive narratives and values. A home for an expanded community, it is working toward establishing itself as an exceptional model for gathering and transmission.
To start this adventure, we are launching “Private Retreats and Public Summons,” a two-year program that uses different formats and registers, including collective retreats / thematic residencies, seminars, workshops, festivals, and more. The setting balances the formality of professional or institutional work with the intimacy of conversations between friends and of moments of seclusion. How the space is used and how people come together within it will emphasize organizing tools and protocols, and operate on a basis that is relational rather than transactional.
The overarching theme for our programs in 2021 is “mother,” expanding on ideas from our recent book Why Call It Labor? On Motherhood and Art Work. This term opens up various forms of research on topics related to the gendering of communication (mother tongues), ways in which relationships are organized (motherhood), and how we deal with each other and our environment (mother land, mother nature, mother earth). Mophradat is organizing a series of virtual—and, optimistically, physical—gatherings and residencies to bring together peers who share a desire to reflect and invent together around these concerns.