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–in London and beyond. Our previous collaborations include partnerships with The British Museum, ICA, Shubbak Festival and London Design Festival amongst many others. We believe in the importance of creating a cultural space that presents new thinking and daring creativity, illuminates ideas, inspires understanding, and interrogates contemporary issues. Our vision is for a London audience with a more informed, engaged and critical understanding of Arab culture and society. We are a non-party political, non-religious organisation, and a project of the A.M. Qattan Foundation, a registered charity. Check out our current exhibition and events here: www.mosaicrooms.org. Sign up to our newsletter via our website hear about our new events, exhibitions and latest news.

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–in London and beyond. Our previous collaborations include partnerships with The British Museum, ICA, Shubbak Festival and London Design Festival amongst many others. We believe in the importance of creating a cultural space that presents new thinking and daring creativity, illuminates ideas, inspires understanding, and interrogates contemporary issues. Our vision is for a London audience with a more informed, engaged and critical understanding of Arab culture and society. We are a non-party political, non-religious organisation, and a project of the A.M. Qattan Foundation, a registered charity. Check out our current exhibition and events here: www.mosaicrooms.org. Sign up to our newsletter via our website hear about our new events, exhibitions and latest news.

Mission: A leading London based non-profit cultural organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from and about the Arab world by: - Initiating dialogue and debate about the Arab world’s most pressing social, political and cultural issues. - Celebrating excellence through a regular public programme including visual arts, design, architecture, literature, film, music, food and current affairs. - Providing an international platform for the arts, particularly new work, away from the commercial pressures of the contemporary market. - Creating opportunities for interaction, collaboration and professional development between artists, collectives and organisations from the Arab world and the UK. - Delivering a high-quality learning and engagement programme particularly to marginalised communities and young people in London.

Operating as usual

'When I left Iran for good in 1985, I carried two books in my massive suitcase.'  Laleh Khalili on the history of Irania...
14/02/2021
The Savor of Memory - MERIP

'When I left Iran for good in 1985, I carried two books in my massive suitcase.' Laleh Khalili on the history of Iranian cookery in print, from Rona Montazemi to Sabrina Ghayour.

Laleh Khalili draws on memories from childhood, her experience of leaving Iran and her ongoing interest in cooking to review a series of classic and contemporary Iranian cookbooks. Through them she reflects on the politics of identity in the Iranian diaspora and the global circuits of foodways refle...

Next week join this live event with 2020 Banipal winner Kay Heikkinen in conversation with Huzama Habayeb about translat...
13/02/2021

Next week join this live event with 2020 Banipal winner Kay Heikkinen in conversation with Huzama Habayeb about translating Habayeb's new novel Velvet.
Also featuring a music performance by Azam Ali responding to the novel.

Wednesday 17 February 6pm GMT
http://bit.ly/BanipalVelvet

Ten percent off in the online bookshop for the London Bookshop Crawl, plus our next event and recommendations in the lat...
12/02/2021
Discover our bookshop with 10% off this week, plus our latest recommendations.

Ten percent off in the online bookshop for the London Bookshop Crawl, plus our next event and recommendations in the latest newsletter.
http://bit.ly/February121

Did you know? We specialize in art publications and offer limited-edition art prints. Check out selected books on theory, politics, history and culture as well as poetry and new fiction. You can also find recipe books and gifts including ceramics, earrings and Palestinian seeds. Browse through a...

⏰ Today,  12 Feb, 7.30pm GMT, we're part of #LondonBookshopCrawl's 'Ask a Bookseller event'. 📚Come along the @londonbksh...
12/02/2021
Bookshop - Buy Arabic books & Arab politics & culture titles

⏰ Today, 12 Feb, 7.30pm GMT, we're part of #LondonBookshopCrawl's 'Ask a Bookseller event'. 📚

Come along the @londonbkshopcrawl's twitter chat and ask us and other specialist booksellers for their recommendations. #LBCAskaBookseller

📢 17 Feb is the last day to order with 10% discount (code: MRCRAWL) in our online bookshop - 🔗https://mosaicrooms.org/shop/

Buy Arabic books, books on Middle East politics, contemporary Arab art and culture, current affairs, poetry, music and more at The Mosaic Rooms bookshop.

📣 Learn more about our bookshop and check out a special offer as part of the programme for the @londonbookshopcrawl.Did ...
10/02/2021

📣 Learn more about our bookshop and check out a special offer as part of the programme for the @londonbookshopcrawl.

Did you know?

📚 The Mosaic Rooms bookshop is part of the Mosaic Rooms, a non-profit art gallery dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary culture from the Arab world and beyond in London. As part of our exhibition and events programme we host book launches and reading groups.

🔎 We have a rich range of literature on our bookshelves, from Anbara Salam Khalidi's Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist, an anthology of Modern Sudanese Poetry, @hebayamin's The General's Stork, @lifta's Future Palestine to our most recent publication, @praneetsoi's Anamorphosis.

💡We specialize in new art publications and offer a few limited-edition art prints. We have a selection of publications on theory, politics, history and cultures as well as a shelf with poetry collections and new fiction. You can also find recipe books and gifts including ceramics from @turabi and earrings and seeds manufactured in Palestine. 🍶💎🌱

🔗Browse: https://mosaicrooms.org/shop/
📍10% off all books by using the code MRCRAWL (until 17 Feb)

📸 Andy Stagg

"When people try these recipes, they’ll have the flavour, the smell and the spirit of Iraq in their homes.” Cook Lamees ...
09/02/2021
The Country She Knew Had Gone, So She Recaptured It Through Food

"When people try these recipes, they’ll have the flavour, the smell and the spirit of Iraq in their homes.” Cook Lamees Ibrahim talks about her new vegan recipe book and suggests the meat heavy stereotype of Iraqi cuisine is a misconception.

London-based Lamees Ibrahim turned to food writing after a trip to Iraq left her shocked at the devastation she witnessed. “I sat down to write my memories of Iraq,” she says. “It always came back to food.”

Follow collector Makram Salama on a tour around his home which houses his personal archive of film reels, posters and ph...
08/02/2021
Video | The archivist

Follow collector Makram Salama on a tour around his home which houses his personal archive of film reels, posters and photographs from Egyptian films of the 1930s - 1970s in this short video by Mada Masr.

Over decades of collecting, Makram Salama has turned his home into a cinema archive.

Hear about an international sound art project you could access by dialing a phone number. Artists neither and Marc Buchy...
07/02/2021
Conversation | Project 003278079060

Hear about an international sound art project you could access by dialing a phone number. Artists neither and Marc Buchy talk about setting up Project 003278079060 in the first 2020 lockdown, as a platform for sound art. 'I wanted to be able to transmit something intimite to people' explains neither. They play selected works from the project and are joined by sound artists Younes Baba-Ali and Shayma Nader. Part of The Mosaic Rooms' 2020 Future Threads programme.
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In times of lockdown across the world, artists neither and Marc Buchy activated the Project 003278079060, turning the message of a voicemail system into a space to host sound-based artworks. Creating

'A kind of sonic archeology' Katherine River Sage hails electronic artist Raed Yassin's new album Archeophony, which mix...
06/02/2021
Album Review: “Archeophony” by Raed Yassin

'A kind of sonic archeology' Katherine River Sage hails electronic artist Raed Yassin's new album Archeophony, which mixes samples from his record collection with electronic sounds.

Album art for “Archeophony” by Raed Yassin. Photo courtesy of akuphone.bandcamp.com. I’d like to start this review with an observation that may seem rather obvious; there is A LOT…

'Her playful, absurdist approach to complex histories of the Middle East is both edifying and unnerving.'Read the new re...
06/02/2021

'Her playful, absurdist approach to complex histories of the Middle East is both edifying and unnerving.'

Read the new review of our exhibition 'When I see the future, I close my eyes' by Heba Y Amin, by Gwen Burlington @BurlContemp
http://bit.ly/BurlingtonReviewHYA

Cairo's lost and overlooked modernist treasures - Oliver Wainwright reviews Mohamed Elshahed's comprehensive new archite...
05/02/2021
Unfinished, abandoned, demolished: how Cairo is losing architecture it never knew it had

Cairo's lost and overlooked modernist treasures - Oliver Wainwright reviews Mohamed Elshahed's comprehensive new architectural guidebook Cairo Since 1900.

From grand visions that fail with the departure of a president to everyday buildings knocked down before they can be considered for heritage protection, a new book unpicks what Egypt’s capital might have been

📚 Book of the week 📚Vitamin D3. Today's best of contemporary Drawing, published by Phaidon Press, 2021.Over the past 50 ...
05/02/2021
Vitamin D3 - The Mosaic Rooms

📚 Book of the week 📚
Vitamin D3. Today's best of contemporary Drawing, published by Phaidon Press, 2021.

Over the past 50 years, drawing has been elevated from a supporting role to a primary medium, ranking alongside painting as a central art form. Since the publication of Vitamin D (2005) and D2 (2013), contemporary artists have continued to explore drawing’s possibilities – from intimate to large-scale works, in a diversity of mark-making processes and materials. Vitamin D3 showcases more than 100 such artists including Hajra Waheed, Mounira Al Solh, Ibrahim El Salahi, Jumana Emil Abboud, Zarina Hashmi, Rashid Johnson, Wael Shawky, Nilima Sheikh, Achraf Touloub, Miriam Cahn, Robert Crumb, Tom Friedman, Tania Kovats, Claudette Johnson, Rashid Johnson, Otobong Nkanga, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Deanna Petherbridge, Christina Quarles, Qiu Zhijie, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Emma Talbot, and Johanna Unzueta and many more.

The artists were nominated by more than 70 international art experts, including Hoor Al Qasimi, Iwona Blazwick, Louisa Buck, Mark Coetzee, Thelma Golden, Laura Hoptman, Geeta Kapur, Pablo León de la Barra, Christine Macel, Kate Macfarlane, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Zoe Whitley.

Get your copy at The Mosaic Rooms bookshop:

Waiting for Omar Gatlato: A Survey of Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora presents the work of twenty-five such artists who offer diverse representations of everyday life and are rigorously critical in their engagement with the legacies of Orientalist figuration.

Read young Palestinian writers' reflections amidst the pandemic on their daily lives and the future, writing from differ...
03/02/2021

Read young Palestinian writers' reflections amidst the pandemic on their daily lives and the future, writing from different geographies for 28 magazine. Translated in English and published online through the link below by A.M. Qattan Foundation

📙bit.ly/39GrHsD

Join the online launch of The Book of Ramallah. Writers Ameer Hamad, Ibrahim Nasrallah, and editor Maya Abu Al-Hayat dis...
02/02/2021
Join us for The Book of Ramallah - Liverpool Arab Arts Festival

Join the online launch of The Book of Ramallah. Writers Ameer Hamad, Ibrahim Nasrallah, and editor Maya Abu Al-Hayat discuss writing the city in fiction, in this special event with Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and publishers Comma Press.

📌Thursday 25 Feb 2021

A conversation event on the Book of Ramallah by Liverpool Arab Arts festival and Comma Press with the editor and writers taking part

'A deeply engaging novel' Maya Jaggi praises The Disoriented by Amin Maalouf which follows an exiled historian's conflic...
01/02/2021
The Disoriented by Amin Maalouf review – exile and homecoming

'A deeply engaging novel' Maya Jaggi praises The Disoriented by Amin Maalouf which follows an exiled historian's conflicting experiences on returning to his country. Newly published in English, translated by Frank Wynne.

The Lebanese-born French author brilliantly interrogates the conscience of a historian who returns to his war-torn country

31/01/2021
Book Launch | Praneet Soi: Anamorphosis

Watch now on The Mosaic Rooms' vimeo. Praneet Soi launches Anamorphosis, his artist's book on Palestine. Joined by A.M. Qattan Foundation curator Yazid Anani, Van Abbemuseum director Charles Esche, curator Reem Fadda, educator Munir Fasheh - منير فاشه & book designer Michael Kelly.

Presented in collaboration with publisher Book Works.
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Thus discussion marks the publication of Anamorphosis, Praneet Soi’s new book co-published by Book Works and The Mosaic Rooms. In this event, Soi brings together…

New online project The Art and Soul of Mosul has been launched by Al Ghad radio. It expands on a 2019 exhibition which m...
30/01/2021
The Art & Soul of Mosul: How this online project is reviving the city's cultural heritage

New online project The Art and Soul of Mosul has been launched by Al Ghad radio. It expands on a 2019 exhibition which marked the anniversary of Mosul's liberation from ISIS. The project aims to support the city's heritage and promote its artists.

The initiative, created by Al-Ghad Radio and Google Arts & Culture, includes stories behind artworks, 3D models of historical landmarks and a virtual walk-through of the old city of Mosul

📚 Book of the week 📚 'On The State of Egypt: What Caused the Revolution' by Alaa Al Aswany published by Canongate Books,...
29/01/2021
On The State of Egypt: What Caused the Revolution - The Mosaic Rooms

📚 Book of the week 📚
'On The State of Egypt: What Caused the Revolution' by Alaa Al Aswany published by Canongate Books, 2011. The book is a brilliant and devastating critique of Mubarak’s rule, and an inspiring portrait of a people’s determination to rise up and make their voices heard.

Why did Egypt unexpectedly revolt? On 25 January 2011, bestselling Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany joined a million protestors in Tahrir Square calling for President Hosni Mubarak’s departure. In a weekly newspaper column Alaa Al Aswany had been exposing the injustices of the Mubarak regime for years, arguing that ‘democracy is the solution’. Here the most incisive, prescient and urgent of these pieces are gathered together in English for the first time. He examines the conditions that made Egypt ripe for revolution, from Mubarak’s monopoly on power and his determination to install his son as his successor, to the poverty in which half the population live. He also writes passionately about Egyptian society generally, including the treatment of women, free speech and the role of the State police.

Alaa Al Aswany was born in 1957. A dentist by profession, Al Aswany is the author of the bestselling novel The Yacoubian Building, Chicago and the novella and short story collection Friendly Fire. He lives in Cairo.

Get your copy at the Mosaic Rooms bookshop: http://bit.ly/BOWonthestateofegypt

Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd, 2011 Language: English Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm Why did

Going vegan can be challenging in the face of family expectations and white representations of vegan living. Read about ...
29/01/2021
Meet The Middle Eastern Food Bloggers Changing Attitudes To Veganism

Going vegan can be challenging in the face of family expectations and white representations of vegan living. Read about the Middle East food bloggers inspiring young vegans and creating mouthwatering vegan versions of traditional dishes. By Sahar Esfandiari.

“When someone cooks for you, it is a gesture of love and care, and people perceived my rejection of meat as a rejection of their hospitality.”

28/01/2021
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On January 27, 2011, in the first days of Egypt’s uprising, the national government shut down the Internet to quash online dissent. To circumvent the blackout, programmers developed Speak2Tweet, a digital platform that allowed Egyptians to record voice messages by phone. Composed of thousands of audio recordings, the messages were automatically uploaded to Twitter, producing a unique archive of the collective Egyptian psyche during a time of unprecedented upheaval.

On the 10th anniversary of the Egyptian internet shutdown, the co-developer of Speak2Tweet Abdelkarim Mardini, Middle East media scholar Adel Iskandar, and artist Heba Y. Amin revisit the importance of Speak2Tweet. In light of escalating digital surveillance and censorship, all the more notable during the current pandemic, the panelists discuss the revolutionary promise once associated with social media platforms. What impact have advances in communication technologies had on the freedom of speech, dissent, and democracies worldwide? What can be gleaned today from listening to those unrestrained voices recorded a decade ago? The discussion is moderated by Anthony Downey.

Amin is currently working on an online platform to preserve this oral archive and maintain its vocal diversity. Project Speak2Tweet is part of Amin’s solo exhibition at The Mosaic Rooms When I see the future, I close my eyes.

28/01/2021
Egypt’s 2011 Internet Shutdown: Digital Dissent and the Future of Public Memory

On January 27, 2011, in the first days of Egypt’s uprising, the national government shut down the Internet to quash online dissent. To circumvent the blackout, programmers developed Speak2Tweet, a digital platform that allowed Egyptians to record voice messages by phone. Composed of thousands of audio recordings, the messages were automatically uploaded to Twitter, producing a unique archive of the collective Egyptian psyche during a time of unprecedented upheaval.

On the 10th anniversary of the Egyptian internet shutdown, the co-developer of Speak2Tweet Abdelkarim Mardini, Middle East media scholar Adel Iskandar, and artist Heba Y. Amin revisit the importance of Speak2Tweet. In light of escalating digital surveillance and censorship, all the more notable during the current pandemic, the panelists discuss the revolutionary promise once associated with social media platforms. What impact have advances in communication technologies had on the freedom of speech, dissent, and democracies worldwide? What can be gleaned today from listening to those unrestrained voices recorded a decade ago? The discussion is moderated by Anthony Downey.

Amin is currently working on an online platform to preserve this oral archive and maintain its vocal diversity. Project Speak2Tweet is part of Amin’s solo exhibition at The Mosaic Rooms When I see the future, I close my eyes.

Mostafa Derkaoui's 1974 film About Some Meaningless Events was funded by artists, then banned, now restored. Celluloid L...
28/01/2021
What Is Moroccan Cinema?: Close-Up on "About Some Meaningless Events"

Mostafa Derkaoui's 1974 film About Some Meaningless Events was funded by artists, then banned, now restored. Celluloid Liberation Collective review the style and significance of the film, now showing online on Mubi.

Mostafa Derkaoui's extraordinary documentary, originally banned in its home country, interrogates the fraught complexity of national cinema.

Mohanna Durra, abstract painter, educator and one of the pioneers of modern art in Jordan, has died aged 83. Durra began...
28/01/2021
Jordanian artist Mohanna Durra dies aged 83: 'More than a painter'

Mohanna Durra, abstract painter, educator and one of the pioneers of modern art in Jordan, has died aged 83. Durra began training as an artist under Russian artist George Aleef and Dutch artist William Hallowin in Amman, before traveling to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, later working for the Jordanian government whilst continuing to paint. He founded the Jordan Institute of Fine Arts in 1970.

In the 1970s, the artist brought abstract and Cubist styles into Jordanian art

📢Call out to art teachers and home educators 👋Check out Together Apart, our free set of teaching resources designed for ...
27/01/2021

📢Call out to art teachers and home educators 👋

Check out Together Apart, our free set of teaching resources designed for secondary students in lockdown. In four artist-led practical activities, artists Aya Haidar, Marwan Kaabour and Rosie Thwaites set challenges, using the constraints of lockdown as a creative spark. Each session references contemporary art from the Arab world and beyond to support teachers to broaden students' knowledge of contemporary art.

Interested? See more here and contact us if you want the full pack of resources.
https://mosaicrooms.org/togetherapart/

📣 Emerging artists/animators - Bagri Foundation invite proposals for ideas for animations inspired by the classic Chines...
26/01/2021

📣 Emerging artists/animators - Bagri Foundation invite proposals for ideas for animations inspired by the classic Chinese text, the I Ching, or the 'Book of Changes'. Artists from Asia and the diaspora are invited to submit ideas for a new animation that looks at 2021 through the lens of chance or change. Three pieces will be selected, and the works premiered online. Each artist will receive a £3,000 fee to create the work.

Deadline 10am 15 February 2021
http://bit.ly/BagriAnimations

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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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Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 18:00

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