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:

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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:

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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:

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In the Future, They Ate From the Finest Porcelain

  • 3 June — 20 August 2016

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.




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Politicising Tourism in Palestine

  • 8 June 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Following the screening, director Leila Sansour will be in conversation with Ryvka Barnard, Researcher in Middle Eastern Studies, documentary filmmaker and scholar Yael Friedman, and Memory Studies expert Nina Fischer. The panel will situate tourism in Israel/Palestine within the contexts of colonialism, dispossession and military occupation. In the West Bank, tourism takes many forms, including: pilgrimage tours, hiking, visits to national parks and archaeological sites organised by Israel; tourism development by the Palestinian Authority; and an alternative tourism industry that invites visitors to see the occupation’s realities for themselves. The panel will discuss tourism as both a tool of colonisation and strategy of resistance.

Open Bethlehem, Leila Sansour | Palestine, United Arab Emirates, UK | USA | 2014 | 90 mins

Open Bethlehem is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town and how it was encircled by a wall. Director Leila Sansour, who left Bethlehem as a teenager, returns armed with her camera and a dilapidated family car that keeps breaking down. She plans to make an epic film about a legendary town in crisis. But, just a few months into filming, her life and the film take an unexpected turn when her cousin Carol persuades her to stay to start a campaign to save the town. Spanning seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, the film draws from 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material, and reveals a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation.

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  • Not suitable for children





Garden State by Corinne Silva

  • 18 June 2016 2-4pm

Silva’s exhibition of the same title showed at The Mosaic Rooms last year, in Garden State she considers how gardening, like mapping, is a way of allocating territory.

Garden State presents 53 colour plates which trace suburban settlements in Israeli occupied territories. Between 2010 and 2013, Silva made a series of visits to Israeli occupied territories between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. She travelled across twenty-two Israeli settlements making photographs of public and private gardens. Silva presents this visually rich photographic journey and examines how the gardens in these occupied lands are both material and symbolic evidence of a continuing colonisation.

Silva will be in conversation with Middle Eastern plant expert Sabina Knees, who produced a taxonomical table of ‘colonising plants’ that is featured in the book.

Garden State is the outcome of exhibitions at The Mosaic Rooms and Ffotogallery, co – organised by the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre and supported by the London College of Communication.

About the speakers:

Corinne Silva‘s practice is concerned with landscape as a complex interrelation of culture and geography, politics and botany, living beings and inanimate matter. The artist explores these connections through a direct and immediate engagement with the territories she visits, on journeys through Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Recent exhibitions include Garden State at The Mosaic Rooms and Ffotogallery Cardiff, and ReGeneration3, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland and My Sister Who Travels, The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK (2014). Silva is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London Photography and the Archive Research Centre at London College of Communication

Sabina Knees is Middle Eastern Plant Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and Head of Floristic Research at the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants.




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:

The Mosaic Rooms
226 Cromwell Road
Greater London




020 7370 9990

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