The bi-annual Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) is worldwide search for the next generation of contemporary Iranian visual artists who ahve the potential to make a significant impact in their field. The goal of the prize if 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 anc culture.
Entry to MOP CAP is open to young, emerging Iranian visual artists living in and outside of Iran. The MOP CAP nomination process has been replaced with an open call. The profiles of all eligible entrants to the open call will be reviewed by the MOP CAP Selection Committee, who will select a Shortlist. Submissions for the MOP CAP 2013 open call were accepted online from 1st - 31st July, 2012. Applications are only accepted from eligible candidates. To view the eligibility criteria and for more information on the application process click here.
MOP CAP 2013 SELECTION COMMITTEE:
- Fereshteh Daftari, Curator & Scholar
- Media Farzin, Art Historian & Critic
- Hamid Severi, Art Historian & Curator
MOP CAP 2013 JUDGING PANEL:
- Philippa Adams, Senior Director, The Saatchi Gallery, London
- Ziba Ardalan, Founder, Director and Curator of Parasol unit, London
- Mat Collishaw, Artist
- Dr. Anthony Downey, Programme Director, MA Contemporary Art, Sotheby's Institute, London
- Irit Rogoff, Writer, Theorist and Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmith’s College, London
- Payam Sharifi, Co-founder of Slavs and Tatars
In March 2013, an exhibition of the shortlisted artists will take place in Dubai to coincide with Art Dubai. During this time the Judging Panel will meet to deliberate on and select seven Finalists.
From April - September 2013 the Finalists will work towards the Finalists' Exhibition, which will be held in London in October 2013 to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair. The Selection Committee will be available to the artists for guidance should they request it.
The Judging Panel will meet in London to view the Finalists' Exhibition and to select the MOP CAP 2013 Winner, whose name will be announced at the Private Preview.
The Winner of MOP CAP 2013 will receive a solo exhibition at a leading London gallery space, for which they will work closely with a London-based curator for a period of one year. The Winner will also receive a three-month residency at The Delfina Foundation, London. Further details to be announced.