Read the Room #2: Translationals: Who are they and what do they want? by Nadia Cherif, 2021

Mophradat tote bag, designed by Valerie Arif, 2019

Design by Valerie Arif
Printing by superette.nl

This tote bag has been ethically produced and printed on 100% organic cotton. It is designed in Mophradat’s signature pink colour, and is printed with a surprise design twist.

It may be purchased for €10 plus the costs of shipping & handling.

To purchase a bag, please contact us at office [at] mophradat [dot] org.

Informal Operation by Ghalya Saadawi, 2016

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This text was written by Ghalya Saadawi following her participation in “Accomplices” in 2016 which took place in Istanbul.

A Slightly Deviated Star by Karim Kattan, 2019

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This text was written by Karim Kattan following his participation in “Accomplices” in 2019 which took place in Delphi, Greece.

Final Vocabulary: On Searching for New Languages, edited by Mai Abu ElDahab, 2015

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Contributions by Federica Bueti, Malak Helmy, Francis McKee, Haytham El Wardany,  and Brian Kuan Wood

This publication comprises five essays that take an intimate look at language’s role in moments of dramatic change, and ask how to find meaning for artistic practices in these transformative conditions. Taking its cue from the aftermath of the events of the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, Final Vocabulary does not provide answers as much as it captures the spirit of the moment of searching that the writers found themselves in.

The book was developed out of a live conversation at an event called the Informal Meeting, which took place in Leuven in January 2015, where participants were asked: “Our histories and references are often in a different language (abstract or actual) than we use ourselves; what tools do you think are or might be useful to help you trust your own memories and narratives? What, if anything, do you think we might borrow from art to experiment with language in different situations?”

Edited by Mai Abu ElDahab

Published by Mophradat and Sternberg Press

Designed by Kaisa Lassinaro

Available in two editions: English and Arabic

€8

You can purchase the book from Sternberg Press and its distribution network or contact us at office [at] mophradat [dot] org.

How to Know What’s Really Happening? by Francis Mckee, 2017

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In this post-truth era, how does one navigate the endless information available and choose a viable narrative of reality? In How to Know What’s Really Happening, Glasgow-based writer and curator Francis McKee looks at various techniques for determining verity, from those of spy agencies and whistle-blowers to mystics and scientists.

Edited by Mai Abu ElDahab, Maha Maamoun, Ala Younis
Designed by Julie Peeters and Valerie Arif
Published by Kayfa ta, Mophradat, and Sternberg Press
Available in two editions: English and Arabic

€6

You can purchase the book from Sternberg Press and its distribution network, and you could also contact us through office [at] mophradat [dot] org.

These are the tools of the present (Beirut – Cairo), 2017

Contributions by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Haig Aivazian, Mounira Al Solh, Doa Aly, Andeel, Mirene Arsanios, Malak Helmy, Iman Issa, Mahmoud Khaled, Maurice Louca, Jasmina Metwaly, Joe Namy, Nile Sunset Annex, November Paynter, Roy Samaha, Sharif Sehnaoui, Rania Stephan, Christophe Wavelet, and Lauren Wetmore.

This publication comprises a series of interviews with contemporary artists, musicians, and writers who are in dialogue with Beirut and Cairo. While not purporting to be an overview of the art scenes in these cities, this book begins to draw a picture of how artists think about what it means to be active in the contexts of Beirut and Cairo. It offers insight into the circumstances that structured these artists’ stories, and the often accidental influences that have shaped how their practices developed.

Edited by Mai Abu ElDahab, November Paynter, Marnie Slater

Published by Mophradat and Sternberg Press

Designed by Julie Peeters

English

€15

You can purchase the book from Sternberg Press and its distribution network, and you could also contact us through office [at] mophradat [dot] org.

Both Sides of the Curtain (Live in Beirut), LP by Dwarves of East Agouza, 2018

A vinyl LP of delicate improvised freeform by The Dwarfs of East Agouza — Alan Bishop (acoustic bass, alto sax, vocals), Maurice Louca (organ, keyboard, beats), Sam Shalabi (electric guitar) — recorded live as part of Meeting Points: Both Sides of the Curtain in Beirut.

Produced by Mophradat and Unrock

Recorded by Fadi Tabbal

Mixed and mastered by Peter Koerfer at Ivory Tower

Artwork by Mariana Castillo Deball

Graphic design by Studio Manuel Raeder

Realization by Mai Abu ElDahab (Mophradat) and Michael Stahl (Unrock)

Recorded live in Beirut, Lebanon on April 15, 2017 as part of Meeting Points 8, commissioned and produced by Mophradat

Thanks to Sharif Sehnaoui.

€25

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Why Call It Labor? On Motherhood and Art Work, 2020

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Contributions by Mai Abu ElDahab, Basma Alsharif, Lara Khaldi, Mary Jirmanus Saba, and Mirene Arsanios with Nikki Columbus.

This publication comprises four essays and one conversation with contemporary artists and curators discussing their experience of becoming mothers as professionals in the arts, its reality, and effects. While their reflections represent a similar strata of art worker in terms of background, class, and career trajectory, the impact of instruments of patriarchy on rendering maternity invisible that they describe is both recognizable and insidious.

Edited by Mai Abu ElDahab
Published by Mophradat and Archive Books
Text design layout by Valerie Arif
Arabic and English

€10

You can purchase the book from Archive Books and its distribution network, or by contacting us: office [at] mophradat [dot] org

Read the Room #1 by Suneela Mubayi, 2021 (in Arabic)

Glossary of Terms by Nile Sunset Annex, 2017

Many Englishes: On Editing and Power by Mirene Arsanios, 2017

El Cerrito (Extracts) by Noor Al-Samarrai, 2018

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