mophradat presents its exhibition both sides of the curtain, with:
andeel . basma alsharif . fatma bucak . the dwarfs of east agouza . dora garcia . jos de gruyter & harald thys . tamar guimarães . jean-pascal flavien . josephine foster with victor herrero . judith hopf . hannah catherine jones . gülsün karamustafa . joachim koester (with stefan a. pedersen). basim magdy . joe namy (music with walid sadek) . nile sunset annex . frédéric moser & philippe Schwinger . marnie slater . zin taylor
the exhibition is the eighth edition of meeting points – a multidisciplinary contemporary arts project that takes place every two years in several cities in europe and the arab world. meeting points is a place to imagine and interrogate models for the production and presentation of contemporary arts, developed through research in the arab world. inspired by german artist oskar schlemmer’s experiments with art at the bauhaus in the 1920s, meeting points aims at inventing ways for new kinds of art to be created and shared between artists and publics. many of schlemmer’s ideas at the school were developed through social events where costumes and choreographies were put to practical use and tested. it is this logic of considering art as a form of enthusiastic developing and sharing of ideas—an interaction that creates a community—that is shaping meeting points into an expedition through different sites and times. both sides of the curtain began in cairo last may, moved on to brussels in december, and now arrives in beirut for the spring.
program of events
wednesday 12 april
7.00pm exhibition opens
7.30pm joe namy with walid sadek perform music for trumpet and modulating derbekah, 2017
9.00pm nile sunset annex with andeel invite the audience to participate in without certainty, 2017 (arabic spoken)
thursday 13 april
7.30pm zin taylor performs an index for the flute of sub, 2017 (english spoken)
8.00pm listening session with tarek atoui, malak helmy, hannah catherine jones, raimundas malašauskas, lina mounzer, and sam shalabi (english spoken)
friday 14 april
7.30pm marnie slater performs by written i mean made, 2016 featuring clare noonan, hanaa safwat, and jay tan (english spoken w/ arabic subtitles)
8.30pm hannah catherine jones talks afrofuturism and gesamtkunstwerk, 2016-2017 (english spoken)
saturday 15 april
8.30pm concert by josephine foster with victor herrero
9.30pm concert by the dwarfs of east agouza
a new publication will be launched in parallel to the exhibition titled these are the tools of the present including interviews with lawrence abu hamdan, doa aly, haig aivazian, mounira al solh, andeel, mirene arsanios, malak helmy, iman issa, mahmoud khaled, maurice louca, jasmina metwaly, joe namy, nile sunset annex, roy samaha, sharif sehnaoui and rania stephan. edited by mai abu eldahab, november paynter, and marnie slater, designed by julie peeters, and published by mophradat and sternberg press.
mophradat is an international nonprofit contemporary arts association (aisbl) based in brussels that creates opportunities for thinking, producing, and sharing among contemporary artists from the arab world and their peers everywhere. mophradat sees its activities as tools for artists and cultural thinkers to use toward inventing new arts practices, arts organizations, and art publics contributing in diversifying the artistic and intellectual ecology and its emancipatory role in the arab world and elsewhere.