For this year’s edition of Orbitals, Leena Habiballa, Muhammad Amin, Muhammad Salah, and Salma Kossemtini joined Mophradat in Senegal. The eight-day trip took place in early December, and was coordinated by Krystel Khoury from Mophradat in collaboration with French-Egyptian artist, writer, researcher, and film producer Jihan El-Tahri. The program included meetings with artists and curators in Dakar, visiting artistic spaces, centers, and exhibitions, a walk in the city, a participatory workshop, and more.

Leena Habiballa (b.1993, Sudan) is a Sudanese artist, cultural worker, and researcher based in London with an interest in African visual/material cultures and community filmmaking/exhibition models. She explores these themes through art/film criticism, her own filmmaking practice, as well as research and curation.

Muhammad Amin (b. 1995, Egypt) is an Egyptian researcher, film programmer, and cultural activist, currently based in Alexandria. He researches and writes about cinema, ethnic music, contemporary cultural and urban practices, and motion picture critique, and curates film programs, seminars, and multidisciplinary educational programs and workshops.

Muhammad Salah (b. 1993, Sudan) is a Sudanese curator, photographer, and filmmaker based in Berlin. He uses photography as a tool to examine light, the progression of time, and the concept of authorship, while continuously questioning the nature of photography and the essence of a photograph.

Salma Kossemtini (b. 1996, Tunisia) is a Tunisian curator and cultural producer based in Tunis. She engages with curatorial practice and mediation in public spaces in Tunisia and in Germany. She initiated L’atelier Selma Feriani Gallery as a research space for the accompaniment and experimentation of artists. Her artistic approach emphasizes practice-based experiences.

Orbitals 2023 was implemented as part of the project “Future Acts,” which is partially supported by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany.