The MOP CAP 2015 Shortlist Exhibition

[dropcap]a[/dropcap]worldwide search for the next generation of contemporary Iranian from (16-20 March 2015). The exhibition, held in an unconventional venue 5 minutes drive from Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeriah, will feature artwork by 20 emerging Iranian artists. Inaugurated by HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, the Exhibition Opening will take place on Monday 16 March from 6:30-9:30pm. You can view the submitted artworks of the Shortlisted artists here:


MOP CAP is a worldwide search for the next generation of contemporary Iranian visual artists. Held in a residential villa, five minutes drive from Art Dubai Madinat Jumeirah, the MOP CAP 2015 Shortlist Exhibition will feature artwork by 20 emerging Iranian artists identified from over 280 applicants through an online open call. Up to seven Finalists will be selected by the Judging Panel, comprised of leading figures from the Iranian and International art scenes. The 2015 judges are: Jananne Al-Ani, Artist, Dr. Sussan Babaie, Professor, Courtauld Institute of Art, Matthew Collings, Art Critic, Writer and Broadcaster, Isaac Julien, Visual artist and filmmaker, Professor Andrew Patrizio, Art Historian and Curator. Dr. Patrizio will act as the Chair of the 2015 Judging Panel. The shortlisted artists were chosen by the MOP CAP 2015 Selection Committee: Shiva Balaghi, Professor and Historian, Dr. Hamid Keshmirshekan, Art Historian, Critic, and Editor, and Sohrab Mohebbi, Curator and Writer. 2015 Shortlist Abdolreza Aminlari Azi Amiri Negar Jahanbakhsh Amirnasr Kamgooyan Nader Koochaki Shahrzad Malekian Nafise Mighani Hani Najm Pendar Nabipour Mahdieh Pazoki Farnaz Rabieijah Hamed Rashtian Mamali Shafahi Melika Shafahi Peyman Shafieezadeh Alma Sinai Sona Safaei-Sooreh Siavash Talaei Pezhman Zahed Mohsen Zare The 2015 Shortlist Exhibition will be inaugurated by HE Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, patron of the MOP Foundation, at the Exhibition Opening on Monday 16 March. That evening the Chair of the Judging Panel will announce the names of the 2015 Finalists. An exhibition of the Finalists’ artwork will be held in London in October 2015, at which time the judging panel will announce the Winner of MOP CAP 2015. The MOP CAP Winner receives a one-year mentorship with a London-based curator, resulting in a solo-project at a leading gallery space in London; as well as a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation. Previous Winners of MOP CAP are Mahmoud Bakhshi (2009), Shirin Sabahi (2011), and Behnam Sadighi (2013). The first two artists were awarded a solo-exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, and the third winner at The Showroom, as well as a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation, London. These Winners were selected by past MOP CAP Judging Panels, which have included Sheena Wagstaff, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Shirin Neshat, Zaha Hadid, Julia Peyton Jones, Abbas Kiarostami, Parviz Tanavoli, Irit Rogoff, and Matthew Collishaw to name a few.


LOCATION 5 minute drive from Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah Jumeirah Beach Road direction Dubai Right turn on Al Gaflah Street Right turn on Al Beteel Street Right turn on Al Doom Street MOP CAP The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) is a worldwide search for the next generation of contemporary Iranian visual artists who have the potential to make a significant impact in their field. The goal of the prize is to provide an opportunity for emerging artists to gain international exposure, and to engage in artistic experimentation and cultural exchange. Through its archival material, including an online artist database and printed publications, MOP CAP aims to provide an educational interchange and contribute to the development of Iranian art and culture. www.mopcap.com16A Lowndes Square, London SW1X 9HB, UK I Tel: +44 20 7235 8026 I Fax: +44 20 7259 6417 I I Registered Charity no. 1104066 3 MOP Foundation Established in 2004, MOP promotes Iranian art and culture to a wider audience outside of Iran, and strives to make a notable contribution to its long-term advancement worldwide. This is accomplished by establishing programmes in modern and contemporary Iranian art, music, media and academia in partnership with world-class institutions. By providing artists with a platform to exhibit their work on an international stage, and engage in critical discourse and cultural exchange on multiple levels, MOP offers opportunities for artists to hone their skills and find their voice beyond national barriers and international boundaries. MOP’s programmes include: • The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP); a global search for the next generation of Iranian visual artists; • Curate Archive, online residency/exhibition; • Family days bringing together more than 120,000 people at the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum in London; • Art residencies and exhibitions for young Iranian artists at the Delfina Foundation, Parasol unit and Saatchi Gallery in London; • Scholarships and grants in higher education at the Royal College of Art, London Film School, and Goldsmiths University in London; • A series of artists’ panel discussions entitled ‘Different Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art’ in collaboration with the British Museum. The charity’s primary source of funding derives from the auction of artwork generously donated by established and emerging Iranian and international artists. Conducted by Christie’s and Sotheby’s, and held in Europe, the UAE and the US, the success of these fundraising events relies entirely on the participation and support of artists and patrons alike. Sponsorships from organisations and individuals also support MOP’s various projects. Magic of Persia (MOP) is non-political, non-religious, UK registered charity based in London (#1104066).


MOP CAP Shortlist Exhibition Villa MAP 2

MOP CAP Shortlist Exhibition Villa MAP