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September 2017


Are you a curator? Interested in Contemporary Iranian Art? We have an online residency waiting for you! CURATE ARCHIVE is an online residency programme open to curators across the globe. This online platform connects interested curators with Iranian artists though an archive that is formed by the portfolios of the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) contestants. We are seeking proposals for online exhibitions/projects to be promoted on the MOP CAP website for a duration of 4 months.

What do we mean when we turn to curate an archive? How does one work with an archive when it is a collection of texts, images and audios stored on a website in the global interconnected world of the Internet? What are the longings to understand, re-present, re-build, and share an archive? What are the resistance strategies and survival structures for threatened memories to be re-collected through narrations and contexts?

Keeping these queries in mind CURATE ARCHIVE is an online residency programme open to artists/curators/cultural practitioners, which intends to operate as a dialogical structure to enunciate possibilities and impossibilities of working with archive, providing opportunities for a re-presentation of its extensive directory within a curatorial approach.

Since the launch of Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) in 2008, every two years hundreds of portfolios are submitted by emerging Iranian artists, cultivating a thought-provoking collection of visual/audio/text-based material on its website. Through CURATE ARCHIVE a curator, appointed every four months, will experiment with this archive to re-activate its contingent device and continuously alter its formation. 

– Submit a proposal for an idea-driven, online group exhibition forming by the MOP CAP Archive, as well as your CV by 30th Sep 2017.
– Proposals should describe the aims and objectives of how to work with an archive and consist of text up to 1000 words.
– Successful candidates will receive a small honorarium at the end of their online residency. 
– Those three successful candidate will receive administrative support from MOP Foundation to mount their exhibitions on MOP CAP website.

Once your proposal is chosen an online meeting will be conducted to discuss your ideas further and provide you with some practical information about the weblog on which the project will be executed. Three fixed time slots are allocated to host three residencies per year from; 

October 2017 - January 2018
April - July 2018
August - Spetember 2018

At the time of the interview a time slot suitable to your agenda will be selected for your residency. 

After the interview you will be asked to send us a timetable no later than two weeks before your residency begins. The timetable has to include information about how many posts you wish to upload on the weblog which is allocated to your residency. Working from a shared timetable would help us to include the news about your posts on our e-newsletter and to our readers as well as sharing it on our social media.

We are expecting between 4 to 8 posts to be shared on the weblog.

From the time of interview you will have access to the Artist Directory/Archive to view the artworks and make the selection of the artworks you wish to include in your online exhibition or of the artists you wish to collaborate with. 

In order to familiarise yourself with the platform we strongly suggest, for you to view the previous residencies on our website: http://mopcap.com/en/curate-archive

Established in 2004, MOP Foundation is based in London and 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.


Past Events
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October 2011
MOP CAP 2011 Finalists' Exhibition at the Royal College of Art

March 2011
MOP CAP 2011 Shortlist Exhibition

January 2011
Ala Deghan Residency at Delfina Foundation

November 2010
Magical Nights Dubai & Abu Dhabi 2010

September 2010
MOP CAP 2009 Winner's Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery

September 2010
Mahmoud Bakhshi Residency at the Delfina Foundation

July 2010
Launch of the Magic of Persia Filmmaking Scholarship at LFS

March 2010
Norouz Family Weekend at the British Museum

October 2009
MOP CAP 2009 Finalists' Exhibition

October 2009
Facts & Illusions

September 2009
Charity Backgammon Championship

April 2009
Magical Nights in Dubai 2009

March 2009
Norouz Family Weekend at British Museum 2009

March 2009
MOP CAP 2009 Shortlist Exhibition

December 2008
The 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights

September 2008
Launch of the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP)

April 2008
Charity Backgammon Doubles Championship

November 2007
Magical Nights in Dubai 2007

March 2007
Charity Backgammon Doubles Championship

May 2006
'Empowerment through Knowledge' Gala

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