From Tunisian Pop to Druze Politics, a Diversity of New Commissions by Mophradat - Stavros Niarchos Foundation

From Tunisian Pop to Druze Politics, a Diversity of New Commissions by Mophradat
04 MARCH 2020

Mophradat, a Brussels-based nonprofit, seeks to create opportunities for artists from the diverse Arab world to create and share new work.

The organization has announced eight new artist commissions that will take place at partner institutions around the world through 2022, with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Tunisian music producer Deena Abdelwahed will create and perform new pop songs. Palestinian filmmaker Inas Halabi will produce a film on Druze internal politics. Palestinian novelist Maan Abu Taleb will stage his play on the 1932 Congress of Arab Music that took place in Cairo.

Mophradat awards grants to the chosen artists to produce new works, each of which is then shown through two of the organization’s network of partners—art exhibition spaces, festivals, and theaters. The partner organizations, which curate and cover the cost of the show, include the Alkantara Festival in Lisbon, Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.

This is Mophradat’s second round of Consortium Commissions. The organization, founded in 2004 as the Young Arab Theatre Fund, was subsequently renamed with a quirky transliteration of the Arabic word for “vocabulary.”