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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The Gap Between Us

  • 19 January — 31 March 2018 *on now

Alsharif explores representations of history, conflict and subjectivity and how to produce new visual narratives. Alsharif creates rich imagery, manipulating and editing original film footage, seeking to unsettle perceptions and evoke affective experiences in the viewer. This exhibition’s central work will be Ouroboros (2017) Alsharif’s first feature length film, screened here in a gallery context for the first time.

Alsharif is an artist in the Palestinian diaspora whose work negotiates a new relationship with what it means to create art about Palestine. Ouroboros is an experimental film shot across five locations, including Gaza. The allegorical story explores the endless cycle of destruction and renewal through a central character recovering from heartbreak. Gaza is filmed at a distance, directed remotely by the artist who was unable to visit the blockaded territory. This film will be accompanied by We Began By Measuring Distance dates from 2009 and which won the jury prize at the ninth Sharjah Biennial. The third film, High Noon, embodies the dissonance of experiencing multiple times and places at once. Colour saturated images of Japan and California merge as the camera cuts across time zones, accompanied by a low fi electro soundtrack.

Alsharif developed her practice nomadically between Chicago, Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, the Gaza Strip and Paris, her personal experience is reflected in her work which she defines as a non-geographically based subjective viewpoint. Through these three film works Alsharif offers a vantage point that seeks to break previous representations of familiar and political issues.

About Basma Alsharif
Basma Alsharif is an artist/filmmaker born in Kuwait of Palestinian origin, raised between France, the US and the Gaza Strip. She works between cinema and installation, with an interest in the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes and natural environments. Major exhibitions include: the Whitney Biennial, les Rencontres d’Arles, Les Modules at the Palais de Tokyo, Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, Al Riwaq Biennial Palestine, The Berlin Documentary Forum, the Sharjah Biennial, and Manifesta 8. She was shortlisted for the Abraaj Prize 2018. She is represented by Galerie Imane Farès in Paris, distributed by Video Data Bank and Arsenal.


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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