This Week’s Six Pillars – Magic of Persia Arts Prize 2

photo 2Wed 7th October 21hrs-21:30hrs, repeat the following Friday 3.30om on Resonance104.4FM. Listen on air in London on 104.4FM or online otherwise.

This week we hear from Shirley Elghanian founder and director of Magic of Persia, a charity that awards a major Contemporary Art Prize each year to an emerging Iranian artist from any country. There ceremony took place in Edge of Arabia projects, London on 3rd October 2015.
Featuring an interview with this year’s MOPCAP nominee Hani  Najm with Bijan Moosavi, and a track called Barf (Snow) by Masoud Irani, selected for the evening’s events by Fari Bradley show curated sound and visuals for the awards ceremony.
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Hani Najm in front of his outsider art-style CD production line. With his plaque.

The last 8 finalists for the arts prize were selected from the 20 semi-finalists in a private exhibition in Dubai, after the 280 applications had been sorted through, they were Jananne Al-Ani, Dr. Sussan BabaieMatthew Collings, and Professor Andrew Patrizio. To view the work and bios of the 8 finalists: Negar Jahanbakhsh, Amirnasr Kamgooyan, Nader Koochaki, Shahrzad Malekian, Nafise Mighani, Hani Najm, Mamali Shafahi, Melika Shafahi click here.

The announcement was live streamed to allow artist and listeners in Iran to hear directly from the event, who the winner was. 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.

photo 1Read about the submission by the winner Nader Koochaki. As the MOP CAP winner Koochaki will receive a one-year mentorship with a London-based curator, that culminates in in a solo-project at a leading gallery space in London; as well as a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation, London.