Graphic design: Haitham Haddad.

“+1”
7 December, 2022 at 7pm
BIOS
Pireos 84
Athens

We are delighted to share with you the program of “+1”, an evening of ­choreography, performance, film, and music, which will take place at BIOS Cultural Center in Athens on 7 December. Performances are in English, and tickets are available for purchase online here.

The event features performances, talks, writings, videos, and music by Dina Mimi, Karim Kattan, Makimakkuk, Mary Jirmanus Saba, Mohammad Shawky Hassan, Natasha Soobramanien, Nile Sunset Annex, Noor Abed, and Noor Alsamarrai. Some of the projects were originally produced as part of the Read the Room Festival presented at Kaaitheater in March 2022 in Brussels.

7pm
Mary Jirmanus Saba
A Labor Theory of Artistic Value: On Motherhood and Artistic Genius

Audiovisual talk, 35 minutes

Text developed in collaboration with novelist Natasha Soobramanien and performed by Krystel Khoury. Exploring the intersections between gendered reproductive labor that keeps the cultural space in motion, and the reproductive labor of motherhood, this collaborative performance combines video projection, a delivered text, and a performative act of cultural maintenance.

Mary Jirmanus Saba (b. 1983, Lebanon/USA) is a geographer and filmmaker. She is currently on Instagram, @nomaternityleave, where she documents her developing collaborative practice with Nada Ziane (b. 2019) and Seri Kamil (b. 2021).

8pm
Nile Sunset Annex
Double Dummy Defense
Film (first screening), 20 minutes

Jenifer and Taha recently moved to a countryside village in the south of France. They are learning how to run the village grocery shop and how to play bridge with the local bridge club. Both activities have been useful to Jenifer and Taha in their attempts to assimilate, engage with the community, and learn French. They are presenting a performance filmed in Super-8 in which they share some of the skills they have learned.

Nile Sunset Annex (f. 2013, Egypt) is an evolving production and dispersion outfit for contemporary art, that was founded as a small self-funded art space that puts on exhibitions of artists’ work in a flat in Cairo. Since then, it has acted as a publisher, an art collection, an archivist, an editor, a technician, an artist, an author, a barmaid, or a curator when necessary, as well as taking a fairly long break.

9pm
Noor Abed
Mother: A Choreography of Readings
Staged readings, 60 minutes

Noor Abed creates a staged reading of four monologues and dialogues written by different writers, artists, and filmmakers with the theme “mother” vaguely running through them. In this live staging of the texts, Noor offers her own interpretations using sound and movement for which she collaborates with five performers: Marina Miliou, Martha Pasakopoulou, Eliza Soroga, Nathaniel Moore, and Parvin Saljoughi.  The texts presented are “Fig Tree” by visual artist Dina Mimi (b. 1994, Palestine), “Rewind (or Rematch?)” by Karim Kattan (b. 1989, Palestine), “Lose Weight Now” by filmmaker Mohammad Shawky Hassan (b. 1981, Egypt), and “Food” by Noor Alsamarrai (b. 1992, Iraq/USA).

Noor Abed (b. 1988, Palestine) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. Her practice examines notions of choreography and the imaginary relationship of individuals, creating situations where social possibilities are both rehearsed and performed. In 2020, she co-founded, with Lara Khaldi, the “School of Intrusions,” an independent educational platform in Ramallah, Palestine. Noor is currently a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam 2022-24.

10:30pm
Nile Sunset Annex
Double Dummy Defense
Film (second screening), 20 minutes

Jenifer and Taha recently moved to a countryside village in the south of France. They are learning how to run the village grocery shop and how to play bridge with the local bridge club. Both activities have been useful to Jenifer and Taha in their attempts to assimilate, engage with the community, and learn French. They are presenting a performance filmed in Super-8 in which they share some of the skills they have learned.

Nile Sunset Annex (f. 2013, Egypt) is an evolving production and dispersion outfit for contemporary art, that was founded as a small self-funded art space that puts on exhibitions of artists’ work in a flat in Cairo. Since then, it has acted as a publisher, an art collection, an archivist, an editor, a technician, an artist, an author, a barmaid, or a curator when necessary, as well as taking a fairly long break.

11pm
Makimakkuk
Music performance, 60 minutes

Makimakkuk will carry through the night a music selection of some of her own productions as well as afro music, the likes of Amapiano, woven into a hybrid set of multi genre.

Makimakkkuk (b. 1988, Palestine) is a music artist, lyricist, and selector based in Ramallah, Palestine.

 

Curated by Mophradat
Produced by Niamh Moroney & Mare Spanoudaki
Visual communication by Haitham Haddad
With thanks to Reem Shilleh

The evening is realized with the support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and in cooperation with Allianz Kulturstiftung.

Stephanie Kayal and Abed Kobeissy in rehearsal. Photo by Christian Schuller.

Art Time Residencies: Performance

We are delighted to announce that Galactic Crush, a performance by Lebanese artist Stephanie Kayal and musician Abed Kobeissy will take place at Kunstencentrum BUDA as part of NEXT Festival in Kortrijk. Stephanie was invited to develop and present this project as part of Mophradat’s Art Time Residencies, following the open call for performing artists launched in 2021.

Stephanie Kayal and Abed Kobeissy
Galactic Crush
November 26, 2022 at 7 pm
Kunstencentrum BUDA

Galactic Crush is a performance that re-examines the notion of fiction in a place where an absurd reality has deprived it of its capacity to exaggerate. The events take place in a parallel universe, where in retaliation to decades of evil and corruption, a dancer anti-hero and her tactical support side-kick musician will form a cheaply equipped and loosely organized crime-fighting power couple to exact justice. The performance also addresses the confrontational relationship between performer and spectator. You can read more about it here.

Stephanie Kayal is a performance artist, choreographer, and dancer. She lives and works in Beirut. In recent years, she has been seen as a performer in shows by different artists and companies. She has performed in Beirut, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Chile, Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.

Makimakkuk. Photo by Monique Najjud.

The Consortium Commissions

We are delighted to announce that Makimakkuk’s music performance, Alien Nation, will be performed live at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) next week, as part of the second edition of Mophradat’s Consortium Commissions 2020/2022.

Makimakkuk
Alien Nation
11 November, 2022 at 8pm
Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Alien Nation is a live music performance that focuses on the concept of alienation and the complex relationship between individual and universe. When in conflict with reality, an individual’s consciousness, as well as whole societies, can become alienated from their environment, leading to isolation from or dispute with their universal surroundings. Alien Nation is the continuation of Makimakkuk’s research into supporting traumatized generations. The performance includes original electronic compositions, singing, spoken-word, music samples, and sonic objects, each of which has a subject/topic that sonically triggers a memory or feeling from the performer. You can read more about Makimakkuk’s work and performance at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt as part of the Cosmic Awakening festival here.

Makimakkuk (b. 1988, Palestine) is a rapper, DJ, music producer, and artist from Ramallah. Her sound is inspired by various musical genres, such as hip-hop, folk, experimental, drum and bass, footwork, as well as freestyle and improvisation with an abstract, serious, and, at the same time, sarcastic lyrical approach to different personal, social, and political issues.

Inas Halabi, We No Longer Prefer Mountains, film still (work in progress), 2022. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Consortium Commissions

We are delighted to announce that Inas Halabi’s exhibition, We No longer Prefer Mountains, will open at the Showroom (London) later this month, as part of the second edition of Mophradat’s Consortium Commissions 2020/2022.

Inas Halabi
We No Longer Prefer Mountains
Preview: 25 October, 2022 at 6.30pm to 8:30pm
26 October until 17 December, 2022
The Showroom

We No Longer Prefer Mountains is a single-screen film installation in which Inas reflects upon the particular political and social condition of the Druze community living in occupied Palestine, taking individual and personal stories as a point of departure. Weaving together intimate engagements with members of the community in shared domestic spaces and outdoor environments, the film explores how the inner politics of the Druze have been reconfigured and reshaped as a result of the establishment of Israel in 1948. The installation will evoke the mountain as a main protagonist of the film, with visitors ascending and descending a tiered structure, mirroring the ascent and descent of Mount Carmel. A second iteration of this exhibition will be held at De Appel in Amsterdam in Spring 2023. You can read more about Inas’ work and exhibition at The Showroom here.

Inas Halabi (b. 1988, Palestine) is an artist and filmmaker from Jerusalem. She lives and works between Palestine and the Netherlands, and her practice is concerned with how social and political forms of power are manifested and the impact that suppressed or overlooked histories have on contemporary life.