The Mosaic Rooms

The Mosaic Rooms Non-profit art gallery and bookshop dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from the Middle East and North Africa. The Mosaic Rooms are a non-profit art gallery and bookshop dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from the Arab world and beyond.

We do this through our free contemporary art exhibitions as well as programme of multidisciplinary events including film screenings, current affairs talks, book launches, family workshops, artist residencies, and learning and engagement programme. We work in partnership with local, national and international organisations to disseminate our combined arts programme to the widest possible audience–i

We do this through our free contemporary art exhibitions as well as programme of multidisciplinary events including film screenings, current affairs talks, book launches, family workshops, artist residencies, and learning and engagement programme. We work in partnership with local, national and international organisations to disseminate our combined arts programme to the widest possible audience–i

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This year's Art Jameel prize exhibition 'Poetry to Politics' is now available to see at the Victoria and Albert Museum s...
20/09/2021

This year's Art Jameel prize exhibition 'Poetry to Politics' is now available to see at the Victoria and Albert Museum showcasing contemporary design inspired by Islamic tradition.

📌 On until 28th November in The Porter Gallery Victoria and Albert Museum
🔗 https://bit.ly/jameelprize2021

This year's Art Jameel prize exhibition 'Poetry to Politics' is now available to see at the Victoria and Albert Museum showcasing contemporary design inspired by Islamic tradition.

📌 On until 28th November in The Porter Gallery Victoria and Albert Museum
🔗 https://bit.ly/jameelprize2021

📖 Book of the Week 📖LUMIN Journal 3, LUMIN LUMIN journal is a space for new and established artists, writers and cultura...
20/09/2021

📖 Book of the Week 📖
LUMIN Journal 3, LUMIN

LUMIN journal is a space for new and established artists, writers and cultural practitioners; supporting work that is radical, personal and experimental. The publication is a ‘dialogue of new ways of thinking and doing’, layering prose, poetry, visual work and interview; ranging from post-colonial science fiction, experimental poetry, Palestinian land projects, poetry of the diaspora, conversations over Welsh literary forms, chickens + capitalism, letters, short stories and more.

With works by Kandace Siobhan Walker, Ojo Taiye, Kashif Sharma-Patel, Isaac Daramola, Imogen Reid, Alfred Marasigan, Tsering Frykman-Glen, Darren Chetty, Fern Thomas, Nasia Sarwar-Skuse, Somya Dhiman, Radha Patel, Chava Krivchenia, Durre Shahwar, Adéọlá Dewis, Faye Latham, Chris Torrance, Owen Griffiths, Sahar Qawasmi, Iestyn Tyne, Hanan Issa, Alolika A. Dutta, Rupinder Kaur, Alexandre Ferrere, Vanessa Yeo, Olúwádáre Pópóọla and May Teng.

Get your copy here: https://bit.ly/2XsAv1I

📖 Book of the Week 📖
LUMIN Journal 3, LUMIN

LUMIN journal is a space for new and established artists, writers and cultural practitioners; supporting work that is radical, personal and experimental. The publication is a ‘dialogue of new ways of thinking and doing’, layering prose, poetry, visual work and interview; ranging from post-colonial science fiction, experimental poetry, Palestinian land projects, poetry of the diaspora, conversations over Welsh literary forms, chickens + capitalism, letters, short stories and more.

With works by Kandace Siobhan Walker, Ojo Taiye, Kashif Sharma-Patel, Isaac Daramola, Imogen Reid, Alfred Marasigan, Tsering Frykman-Glen, Darren Chetty, Fern Thomas, Nasia Sarwar-Skuse, Somya Dhiman, Radha Patel, Chava Krivchenia, Durre Shahwar, Adéọlá Dewis, Faye Latham, Chris Torrance, Owen Griffiths, Sahar Qawasmi, Iestyn Tyne, Hanan Issa, Alolika A. Dutta, Rupinder Kaur, Alexandre Ferrere, Vanessa Yeo, Olúwádáre Pópóọla and May Teng.

Get your copy here: https://bit.ly/2XsAv1I

📌 Saturday & Sunday, 17-18 September, online📽️ Film: Soapy Postmodern Bathwater@fehraspublishingpractices' short film So...
18/09/2021
Soapy Postmodern Bathwater - The Mosaic Rooms

📌 Saturday & Sunday, 17-18 September, online
📽️ Film: Soapy Postmodern Bathwater

@fehraspublishingpractices' short film Soapy Postmodern Bathwater tracks a strange phenomenon that has led intellectuals, artists, curators, and exhibition visitors into physical paralysis and to become comatose. Using an analytical laboratory process, the film studies the effect of bilingualism on cultural bodies, which begins with the bifurcation of the bilingual body and leads to the subject to fall into a coma. It traces the authority imposed by language – the construction of terms and institutions – on the cultural body and examines the effect of language on artistic practice and artwork.

This screening weekend is co-presented with @kuenstlerischeforschung.berlin to celebrate Fehras’ two current solo exhibitions in Berlin and London.

📺 The film will be available to watch for FREE on our website and our vimeo:

The film will be available HERE to watch on the weekend 18-19 September. Watch Soapy Postmodern Bathwater a short

The Mosaic Rooms will be running a Palestine Book Club as part of the bookclub network set up by Gentle/Radical We look ...
17/09/2021

The Mosaic Rooms will be running a Palestine Book Club as part of the bookclub network set up by Gentle/Radical We look forward to gathering together to read, learn and debate in a collective and inclusive environment. We invite you to join us or to set up your own in your community.

Regular reading groups will be running on a monthly basis. More details will be announced soon!

The Mosaic Rooms will be running a Palestine Book Club as part of the bookclub network set up by Gentle/Radical We look forward to gathering together to read, learn and debate in a collective and inclusive environment. We invite you to join us or to set up your own in your community.

Regular reading groups will be running on a monthly basis. More details will be announced soon!

📌 Saturday & Sunday, 18-19 September, onlineFilm: Soapy Postmodern BathwaterWatch Soapy Postmodern Bathwater a short fil...
17/09/2021
Soapy Postmodern Bathwater - The Mosaic Rooms

📌 Saturday & Sunday, 18-19 September, online
Film: Soapy Postmodern Bathwater

Watch Soapy Postmodern Bathwater a short film (24 minutes) produced by Fehras Publishing Practices for the Sharjah Biennale 13 Tamawuj. The film takes the viewer into a not-so-distant future, to a language laboratory where researchers analyse the bodies of people who have collapsed while reading bilingual art books. The film is a part of the series of Institutional Terms; a long-term research project that follows the impact of the language, term, and institution on global artistic practices.

This screening weekend is co-presented with Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung to celebrate Fehras’ two current solo exhibitions in Berlin and London.

📺 The film will be available to watch for FREE on our website and our vimeo: https://bit.ly/mrfspb

The film will be available HERE to watch on the weekend 18-19 September. Watch Soapy Postmodern Bathwater a short

📌 Thursday 16 September at 6pm BST 🔗 https://bit.ly/archivereadsJoin us for a reading group on selected texts published ...
15/09/2021

📌 Thursday 16 September at 6pm BST
🔗 https://bit.ly/archivereads

Join us for a reading group on selected texts published in the Cold War period. Curator Martha Kazungu and artist Beatrice Wanjiku will lead a session focusing on excerpts of early issues of Transition Magazine which was founded in 1961, and partially funded by the Congress for Cultural Freedom. The selected texts will explore women artists’ and authors’ contributions to the magazine.

Transition, a journal for the arts, culture and society was founded in Kampala, Uganda by editor Rajat Neogy. It served as a major literary platform of East African writers and intellectuals during the Cold War and has remained a leading forum of intellectual debate in the Africa diasporas.

📌 Thursday 16 September at 6pm BST
🔗 https://bit.ly/archivereads

Join us for a reading group on selected texts published in the Cold War period. Curator Martha Kazungu and artist Beatrice Wanjiku will lead a session focusing on excerpts of early issues of Transition Magazine which was founded in 1961, and partially funded by the Congress for Cultural Freedom. The selected texts will explore women artists’ and authors’ contributions to the magazine.

Transition, a journal for the arts, culture and society was founded in Kampala, Uganda by editor Rajat Neogy. It served as a major literary platform of East African writers and intellectuals during the Cold War and has remained a leading forum of intellectual debate in the Africa diasporas.

Join online art video platform TRANSMISSIONS TV for the 5th episode of season 3 curated by Yazan Khalili, architect, vis...
14/09/2021

Join online art video platform TRANSMISSIONS TV for the 5th episode of season 3 curated by Yazan Khalili, architect, visual artist, educator, and co-founder of Radio Alhara.

📌 Wednesday 15 September at 21:00 pm BST
🔗 http://TRANSMISSIONS.TV.

Join online art video platform TRANSMISSIONS TV for the 5th episode of season 3 curated by Yazan Khalili, architect, visual artist, educator, and co-founder of Radio Alhara.

📌 Wednesday 15 September at 21:00 pm BST
🔗 http://TRANSMISSIONS.TV.

📖 Book of the Week 📖The Case for Bara: AMERICAN TERROR, published by BARAPublisher Barakunan introduce their new book, p...
13/09/2021

📖 Book of the Week 📖
The Case for Bara: AMERICAN TERROR, published by BARA

Publisher Barakunan introduce their new book, published this month: 'Marking the 20th anniversary of the beginning of America’s War on Terror, we bring you the second release in Barakunan’s The Case for Bara series: American Terror.

The work can be described as a detailed political look at current geopolitical fragmentation in the world, making the case that much of the devastation we face is the result of the nefarious agenda of the American Empire.

A fragmented international system, the collapse of resources and provisions for populations, the highest number of refugees and displaced peoples on record, deteriorating respect for global institutions and the complete abandonment of international norms are the price we pay for American adventurism.

Zahreddine, ever the optimist, observes this world and responds by suggesting that, given all that has transpired, the current situation we find ourselves in is an invitation to work together to enrich our imagination and strengthen our position in society.'

Get your copy here: https://bit.ly/3tDpzum

📖 Book of the Week 📖
The Case for Bara: AMERICAN TERROR, published by BARA

Publisher Barakunan introduce their new book, published this month: 'Marking the 20th anniversary of the beginning of America’s War on Terror, we bring you the second release in Barakunan’s The Case for Bara series: American Terror.

The work can be described as a detailed political look at current geopolitical fragmentation in the world, making the case that much of the devastation we face is the result of the nefarious agenda of the American Empire.

A fragmented international system, the collapse of resources and provisions for populations, the highest number of refugees and displaced peoples on record, deteriorating respect for global institutions and the complete abandonment of international norms are the price we pay for American adventurism.

Zahreddine, ever the optimist, observes this world and responds by suggesting that, given all that has transpired, the current situation we find ourselves in is an invitation to work together to enrich our imagination and strengthen our position in society.'

Get your copy here: https://bit.ly/3tDpzum

📌 14h September at 6pm BST ONLINE 🔗  RSVP: https://bit.ly/arabicperformanceWhat does it mean to exist as an image, as so...
13/09/2021

📌 14h September at 6pm BST ONLINE
🔗 RSVP: https://bit.ly/arabicperformance

What does it mean to exist as an image, as something seen but never comprehended? What happens when a language is visible yet continually misread, or made illegible?

‘Arabic Letter Seen Arabic Letter Wow’ is a performative essay that investigates the relationships between image, language, and power. Presenting a collection of found materials, Urok Shirhan speculates on practices that engage with Arabic through forms of Othering – as well as resistance. She explores the extent to which these practices amount to what she sees as ‘the slow violence of images’ .

Urok Shirhan is an artist and researcher working at the intersection of performance, visual arts and critical theory. Her practice explores the politics and poetics of sound, image and speech in relation to power and affect. As an Iraqi-born, former asylum-seeker turned Dutch citizen, issues surrounding identity and displacement are of particular interest, and her projects are often informed by her family’s history of political migrations. Urok’s latest body of research considers the role of sound (and the voice in particular) in relation to forms of collectivity, dissidence and belonging.

Photo credit Tim Bowditch. Courtesy Delfina Foundation, 2018.

📌 14h September at 6pm BST ONLINE
🔗 RSVP: https://bit.ly/arabicperformance

What does it mean to exist as an image, as something seen but never comprehended? What happens when a language is visible yet continually misread, or made illegible?

‘Arabic Letter Seen Arabic Letter Wow’ is a performative essay that investigates the relationships between image, language, and power. Presenting a collection of found materials, Urok Shirhan speculates on practices that engage with Arabic through forms of Othering – as well as resistance. She explores the extent to which these practices amount to what she sees as ‘the slow violence of images’ .

Urok Shirhan is an artist and researcher working at the intersection of performance, visual arts and critical theory. Her practice explores the politics and poetics of sound, image and speech in relation to power and affect. As an Iraqi-born, former asylum-seeker turned Dutch citizen, issues surrounding identity and displacement are of particular interest, and her projects are often informed by her family’s history of political migrations. Urok’s latest body of research considers the role of sound (and the voice in particular) in relation to forms of collectivity, dissidence and belonging.

Photo credit Tim Bowditch. Courtesy Delfina Foundation, 2018.

📌 Tuesday 14 September, 6pm BST, onlineWhat does it mean to exist as an image, as something seen but never comprehended?...
10/09/2021
Arabic Letter Seen Arabic Letter Wow - The Mosaic Rooms

📌 Tuesday 14 September, 6pm BST, online

What does it mean to exist as an image, as something seen but never comprehended? What happens when a language is visible yet continually misread, or made illegible?

‘Arabic Letter Seen Arabic Letter Wow’ is a performative essay by Urok Shirhan that investigates the relationships between image, language, and power. Presenting a collection of found materials, Shirhan speculates on practices that engage with Arabic through forms of Othering – as well as resistance.

🔗 RSVP below

Please RSVP below for this online event. What does it mean to exist as an image, as something seen but

The Mosaic Rooms will be running a Palestine Book Club as part of the bookclub network set up by Gentle/Radical. We look...
10/09/2021

The Mosaic Rooms will be running a Palestine Book Club as part of the bookclub network set up by Gentle/Radical. We look forward to gathering together to read, learn and debate in a collective and inclusive environment. We invite you to join us or to set up your own in your community.

Regular reading groups will be running on a monthly basis. More details will be announced soon!

The Mosaic Rooms will be running a Palestine Book Club as part of the bookclub network set up by Gentle/Radical. We look forward to gathering together to read, learn and debate in a collective and inclusive environment. We invite you to join us or to set up your own in your community.

Regular reading groups will be running on a monthly basis. More details will be announced soon!

09/09/2021
Discussion: Books and Agents

Discover how America used publishing for political agitation in the Cold War through the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) and Franklin Book Programs, and how anti colonial cultural networks including the Afro-Asian Writers Association were formed.

This event brings together three speakers, Nida Ghouse, Esmaeil Haddadian-Moghaddam and Elizabeth M. Holt who are researching archives and figures of the CCF, the Franklin Book Programs and Lotus magazine. They will reflect on the influence and decline of these transnational networks of publishing and translating. The discussion is moderated by Fehras Publishing Practices.

📌 TODAY 9th September at 6pm BST, ONLINEJoin us for an online panel discussion on how America used publishing for politi...
09/09/2021
Books and Agents - The Mosaic Rooms

📌 TODAY 9th September at 6pm BST, ONLINE

Join us for an online panel discussion on how America used publishing for political agitation in the Cold War through the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) and Franklin Book Programs, and how anti colonial cultural networks including the Afro-Asian Writers Association were formed.
Moderated by Fehras Publishing Practices

✍️ Register to attend below

Please RSVP below for this online event. Discover how America used publishing for political agitation in the Cold War through

Read this poem by Afghanistan-born contemporary poet Elyas Alavi, translated by  Fatemeh Shams and Leonard Schwartz on W...
09/09/2021
Two Persian Poems from Afghanistan, by Elyas Alavi

Read this poem by Afghanistan-born contemporary poet Elyas Alavi, translated by Fatemeh Shams and Leonard Schwartz on World Literature Today

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“You should have the time / To review your memories, / To review the particulars of your body, / To make plans for your departure.” from “I Do Not Believe,” by Elyas Alavi

Artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke has been announced the winner of the 2021 Irthra Art Prize. Her work will be unveiled at the Ad...
08/09/2021

Artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke has been announced the winner of the 2021 Irthra Art Prize. Her work will be unveiled at the Ad-Diriyah Biennale, Saudi Arabia’s first art biennial, opening Dec 2021.

Read more via The National ➡️ https://bit.ly/kaabilinkenational

Artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke has been announced the winner of the 2021 Irthra Art Prize. Her work will be unveiled at the Ad-Diriyah Biennale, Saudi Arabia’s first art biennial, opening Dec 2021.

Read more via The National ➡️ https://bit.ly/kaabilinkenational

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Address: The Mosaic Rooms A.M. Qattan Foundation Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road London SW5 0SW Telephone: 020 7370 9990 Open: Tue–Sat, 11 AM–6 PM Nearest Underground station: Earl's Court (Earl's Court Road exit) Buses: 74, 328, C1, C3 Parking: One disabled parking space is available by prior arrangement only–please call us. Otherwise, parking meters are available in Lexham Gardens, behind our building.

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