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Magic of Persia prize finalists

The Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize 2013 (MOP CAP 2013) Finalists’ Exhibition will take place in London 15-19 October 2013.

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The exhibition at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU, features works by seven emerging artists of Iranian heritage, selected by an international judging panel from a shortlist of 19. The Finalists’ Exhibition includes works in a diverse range of media including video, installation and photography, submitted by the artists who live and work both in and outside of Iran.

Chosen by the MOP CAP Selection Committee from more than 280 applicants who responded to the online open call, the 19 shortlisted artists showcased their work at an exhibition in Dubai in March 2013, inaugurated by Education Minister Humaid Mohammed Al Qutami.

The MOP CAP 2013 Finalists are Claudia Parwaneh Djabbari, Negar Farajiani, Azin Feizabadi, Mahmoud
Mahroumi, Bijan Moosavi, Anahita Norouzi, and Behnam Sadighi.

The winner will be selected by a judging panel including: Philippa Adams, Senior Director of the Saatchi Gallery, London; Dr Ziba Ardalan, Founder, Director and Curator of Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London; Mat Collishaw Artist; Dr Anthony Downey, Director of the Master’s in Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London; Irit Rogoff Writer, Theorist and Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmith’s College, London; Payam Sharifi, Co-founder Slavs and Tatars.

The MOP CAP 2013 winner will be announced by Dr Anthony Downey, Chair of the Judging Panel, at the
Bridge of Persia Fundraising Auction Gala on Monday 14 October, at the Royal College of Art. The Winner
will be awarded a yearlong mentorship with a curator, resulting in a solo-exhibition at a leading gallery space
in London; as well as a three-month residency at the Delfina Foundation.

Previous Winners of MOP CAP include Mahmoud Bakhshi (2009) and Shirin Sabahi (2011). Works by
Bakhshi, who is represented by Thaddaeus Ropac, have been acquired by the Tate Modern and were
exhibited in a gallery at the Tate during the 2012 London Olympics. Shirin Sabahi has recently completed a
residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude and is currently working towards a solo exhibition in London in
Autumn 2013.

MOP CAP is dedicated to the development and establishment of the careers and profiles of the next
generation of Iranian artists.

Author: Editor

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