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Photos: Magic of Persia contemporary art prize

Shahrzad-Changalvaee-Motherland-4-s-iOct 10 – 15 2011
Royal College of Art in London

Works by 8 of the most promising Iranian contemporary artists will be on free public exhibition at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London during London’s Frieze Week from October 10–15, 2011. The exhibition concludes with a charity auction of the exhibited works conducted by Christie’s – directly followed by an announcement revealing the MOP CAP 2011 Winner.

This unique Prize was established in 2008 by Magic of Persia (MOP) as part of their efforts to nurture and develop Iranian cultural practitioners of the arts outside of Iran. Proceeds from the auction of Finalists’ works are dedicated to sustaining the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP).

Dariush Nehdaran - The Life of-Shadows

Dariush Nehdaran - The Life of-Shadows

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Hesam Rahmanian - Ahmadinejad (Green)

Hesam Rahmanian - Ahmadinejad (Green)

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Arash Fayez - Ramblings of a Flaneur

Arash Fayez - Ramblings of a Flaneur

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Babak Golkar - Blue Gold

Babak Golkar - Blue Gold

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Mehdi Farhadian - Plague

Mehdi Farhadian - Plague

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Shirin Sabahi - Swede Home

Shirin Sabahi - Swede Home

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Niyaz Azadikhah - Line 1

Niyaz Azadikhah - Line 1

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Shahrzad Changalvaee - Motherland

Shahrzad Changalvaee - Motherland

Selected from over 100 nominees, the Finalists were chosen from a shortlist of 25 who were exhibited at Traffic, Dubai during March 2011.

The winner will be selected by a revered judging panel whose members include leading figures from the Iranian and International art scenes:

Zaha Hadid – Founding Partner, Zaha Hadid Architects
Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh – Artists
Shirazeh Houshiary- Artist

Ali Khadra (Chair) – Publisher & Editor in Chief, Canvas Magazine
Idris Khan – Artist
Abaseh Mirvali – President, Mirvali Projects

Mohammad Mottahedan – Art Patron
Hans Ulrich Obtrist – Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes, and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery, London

The MOP CAP winner will be awarded a solo exhibition at a leading gallery in London in 2012. For MOP CAP 2011, the winner’s prize has been generously sponsored by Mr Farbod Dowlatshahi.

For information on Magic of Persia, visit: www.magicofpersia.com