The Mosaic Rooms

The Mosaic Rooms Gallery, London

The Mosaic Rooms are an art gallery and bookshop in West London showcasing contemporary culture from and connected to the Arab World.

Our varied programme includes art and design exhibitions, film screenings, literary events, talks, performances and supper clubs. We work in partnership with leading cultural institutions and are proud to have been a part of London wide festivals such as Shubbak, Nour, London Design Festival and more. Admission to all of our exhibitions is FREE, as are most of our events. See what's coming up here: www.mosaicrooms.org

Event Hire: The Mosaic Rooms is available to hire for business meetings and a wide range of arts, corporate and private events. Find out about hiring The Mosaic Rooms here: www.mosaicrooms.org/venue-hire-details

The Mosaic Rooms Bookshop stocks celebrated and new writers from the Arab World, art books, and films, in both English and Arabic. Pop in during your visit or browse and buy titles online here: www.mosaicrooms.org/category/shop

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Opening Times: Our exhibitions are open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm.

Admission charges

All of our exhibitions and many of our events are FREE.

Getting there

We are located on the junction of Earls Court Road and Cromwell Road, just 5 minutes walk from Earl's Court station (Earls Court Road exit). Plan your visit here: www.mosaicrooms.org/visit-us

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain

  • 3 June — 20 August 2016 *on now

The exhibition will include the new video piece In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain., 20-minute science fiction video essay, and series of photographs, depicting subtly manipulated scenes from Palestinian history which are then intermingled with newly shot footage of post-apocalyptic landscapes and sci-fi characters. A futuristic female protagonist narrates her journey into the past where she plants evidence that will launch a myth to support any future claims to the vanishing lands of her people.

This and other works in the exhibition are inspired by the politicised archaeology carried out in present day Israel/Palestine. In the absence of any real peace process, archaeology has become the latest battleground for settling land disputes. Unearthed history is used as arguments for rightful ownership of the land today. Sansour’s work presents myth masqueraded as truth, fiction as fact and artifice as evidence. It highlights the flimsy nature of these absolute concepts when hijacked for use as tools in the contemporary Palestine/Israel conflict.

Larissa Sansour (b. 1973) was born in Jerusalem and studied Fine Art in Copenhagen, London and New York. She has exhibited internationally, including at Tate Modern, London; Brooklyn Museum, NYC; Centre Pompidou, Paris. Sansour is represented by Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, Sabrina Amrani in Madrid and Montoro12 Contemporary Art in Rome.

Admission

FREE

Website

http://mosaicrooms.org/event/in-the-future-they-ate-from-the-finest-porcelain/

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Future Preservation

  • 27 July 2016 7-9pm *on now

They discuss the future of museums in our transnational and postcolonial world.

Brendan Cormier is a design curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He recently curated A World of Fragile Partsfor the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, which explores the possibilities of new digital fabrication technologies to help in global heritage preservation. He is also concurrently lead curator of a new V&A Gallery in Shenzhen.

Christina Riggs is a Reader at the University of East Anglia, specializing in Egyptology. She has written about ancient Egyptian art, museum collecting, and the colonial history of archaeology. As a curator at the Manchester Museum, she was involved in the Alchemy contemporary art project, featuring Mark Dion’s ’The Bureau of the Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacy’ (2005). Christina is working on a book about photography and the 1920s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Alexy Karenowska is the Director of Technology at The Institute for Digital Archaeology (link is external), an organization dedicated to finding innovative technology-driven options for the documentation and preservation of heritage material. Alexy’s work is particularly focused on the application of 3D printing and machining technologies to the restoration or replication of damaged or destroyed archaeological structures and artefacts.

3d image of Granite head of Amenemhat III by The British Museum and Sketchfab (link is external). Licensed under CC Attribution-NonCommercial

Admission

Free

Website

http://mosaicrooms.org/event/future-preservation/

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Long Play: Past and Future Records

  • 29 July 2016 7-10pm

DJ Chris Menist will be spinning the best in rare and vintage Arabic vinyl as you immerse yourself in Larissa Sansour’s first London solo exhibition “In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain (link is external)“.

A single song can have the power to transcend time, so much nostalgia and feeling can be invoked by a one record. The evening will provide a place to come together, share, and listen to not only each others records but memories too, to think about the place a song came from and the place it might take you to. Raid your collection or your parents collection and join in creating the soundtrack of the present with the sounds of the past.Visitors are invited to bring in their own records which can be added to the playlist. Remember to pick records from the MENA region and to keep it vinyl.

Design your own collage record cover using reclaimed vinyl covers for a real or imaginary musician in our informal workshop. All materials will be provided and the record covers will be digitally stored on our blog for others to discover.

Join in the latest pop culture phenomenon, adult colouring in, and colour in legendary divas Fairuz and Umm Kulthum whilst enjoying musically themed cocktails served in the bar.

Dancing is encouraged!

Chris Menist is a writer, DJ and musician. As well as compiling Qat, Coffee & Qambus he has co-curated the ‘Sound of Wonder’ series for Finders Keepers Records, which showcases vintage Pakistani cinema soundtracks, as well as two compilations of Thai music ‘The Sound of Siam’ for Soundway, and ‘Thai? Dai!’, also for Finders Keepers. You can read more about Chris’ record-hunting journey in Yemen in The Guardian (link is external).

Admission

FREE

Website

http://mosaicrooms.org/event/long-play-past-and-future-records/

a screenshot from a film shot in the desert.

Halcyon: New Short Films

  • 10 August 2016 7:30-9pm

The screening follows on from Halcyon, an exhibition project Dedman is curating for the Transart Triennale (5th-7th August 2016, Berlin). Halcyon combines video, texts from five authors and specially-commissioned graphic design to expand upon traditional definitions of science fiction as a genre in writing and film. The project considers the ways in which sci-fi might offer models for the disruption of established narratives, alternative articulations of the self and subtle negotiations of the future.

Dedman focuses on the ways artists and writers use the critical possibilities of science fiction to address contemporary urgencies surrounding identity, placehood, conflict, landscape, history, technology and architecture.

The 45-minute screening will be followed by readings from texts by Muhammed Khudayyir, Darine Hotait and Arjuna Neuman, and a 30 minute Q&A.

Admission

£6.50 online, £7.50 on the door

Website

http://mosaicrooms.org/event/halcyon-new-short-films/

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The Chronotopes of Palestine

  • 18 August 2016 7-9pm

The films can be described as ‘follow the routes’ films that strive to trace and map the complex displacement experiences of Palestinians, who live today in Poland and in the UK. The films are linked by the role of the camera, which becomes a ‘travelling device’ across different geographies, boundaries and explores different spatial and temporal layers of diasporic relationships with Palestine(s). By juxtaposing the vividness of narrators’ memories of Palestine with the ‘absences’ that the camera often finds on the ground in today’s Israel and Palestine, the films strive to question and symbolically re-configure the geographies of dispossession.

The screening is followed by a panel discussion with Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam and the film’s director Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek.

Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek is a sociologist, independent publicist and blogger who researching her doctorate at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College and is a member of the Media Diversified writers Collective. Her book Death and Migrant was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013.

The Chronotopes of Palestine by Dominika Blachnicka-Ciacek | 2016 | 45 mins

TICKETS: £6.50 online (no booking fee), £7.50 on the door or rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

Admission

TICKETS: £6.50 online (no booking fee), £7.50 on the door

Website

http://mosaicrooms.org/event/chronotopes-of-palestine/

Getting there

We are located on the junction of Earls Court Road and Cromwell Road, just 5 minutes walk from Earl's Court station (Earls Court Road exit). Plan your visit here: www.mosaicrooms.org/visit-us

The Mosaic Rooms
226 Cromwell Road
London
Greater London
SW5 0SW
England

Website

www.mosaicrooms.org

E-mail

info@mosaicrooms.org

Telephone

020 7370 9990

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