The Mosaic Rooms

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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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.
Image of Nagorno-Karabak by Hrair Sarkissian

Artist Talk: Hrair Sarkissian

  • 14 March 2015 12-1:30pm

The exhibition, currently on show at The Mosaic Rooms, brings together previously unseen photographs and new video work. Sarkissian’s practice typically explores one theme or place through an extended body of work. The subjects of his photographs are often unpopulated spaces that evoke the traces of history and memory, simultaneously exploring what is seen and what is not seen. During this artists talk Sarkissian and Mavlian will discuss the ways in which the artist uses photography to re-evaluate larger historical, religious or socio-political narratives.

This event will also see the launch of Sarkissian’s new artist book entitled Background. The book was selected as part of Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative which raised funds to make the publication possible. Reflecting on the disappearing tradition of studio portraiture in the Middle East, this important publication features Sarkissian’s photographs of empty, staged studio backdrops across six Middle Eastern cities: Alexandria, Amman, Beirut, Byblos, Cairo and Istanbul. These backdrops, absent of their sitters, become symbols of lost traditions, cultural identity and time; eulogies to a certain period within a society and celebrations of portraiture as an art form, and of these spaces, which can no longer be found.

Shoair Mavlian works on exhibitions, acquisitions and displays at Tate Modern focusing primarily on photography. She has curated the major exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography (2014), which includes Sarkissian’s work, and Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions (2014). She has also worked on many of the photography displays of the permanent collection across Tate Modern including Harry Callahan (2013) and New Documentary Forms (2011). She also researches photography acquisitions for the international collection.

Hrair Sarkissian (b. 1973, Damascus, Syria) has exhibited widely internationally in both group and solo shows including Tate Modern (London); New Museum (New York); Darat Al Funun (Amman); Mori Art Museum (Tokyo); SALT Beyoglu (Istanbul); Thessaloniki Biennale; Sharjah Biennial; Istanbul Biennial; Asia Pacific Triennial (Brisbane) among many others. In 2013 the artist won the Abraaj Group Art Prize. Hrair Sarkissian is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Please email rsvp@mosaicrooms.org to reserve a place

Website

http://mosaicrooms.org/event/artist-talk-hrair-sarkissian/

Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh

Panel Discussion: Frozen Conflict

  • 19 March 2015 7-8:30pm

The self-proclaimed independent Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh is today a war-torn enclave between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Throughout the centuries the claims over this area have shifted, the borders been mapped and remapped, yet the repression of the region’s indigenous population has persisted. Today, over a million of its Azeri and Armenian inhabitants remain displaced; last year saw some of the worst clashes for a decade, and negotiations for a long-term solution are yet to be reached.

This talk accompanies Imagined Futures, the first UK solo show by internationally exhibited Syrian-Armenian artist Hrair Sarkissian, and aims to shed further light on issues raised by the works in the show.

The panel will include:

Andrew Jack is an award winning journalist who has worked for the Financial Times since 1990. He runs the newly-created curated content team which identifies the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web. He is also an author, the co-chairman of Pushkin House, a London-based independent centre for Russian culture, and a trustee of SciDev.net, a non-profit media group covering science and development. He graduated in geography from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, was the Joseph Hodges Choate Memorial Fellow at Harvard University and a New York City urban fellow. He is a former FT Moscow bureau chief and author of Inside Putin’s Russia.

Marina Nagai is a Senior Projects Manager, Eurasia Programme, at International Alert. Educated at Edinburgh and Stanford Universities, her initial training was in international public law and relations. As a Senior Staff Attorney and Programme Head at the American Bar Association, she focused on promoting legal reforms in the former Soviet Union countries. She joined Alert in 2010, and has been involved in peacebuilding initiatives in the South Caucasus that aim at laying the foundation for lasting peace and security in communities affected by conflict.

Hratch Tchilingirian is a sociologist (with a particular reference to sociology of religion) and associate faculty member of the Oriental Institute, Oxford. From 2002 to March 2012 he taught and held various positions at Cambridge University and has published and lectured extensively on inter-ethnic conflicts in the Caucasus, minorities in the Middle East and the Armenian Diaspora. (See www.hratch.info).

Dennis Sammut is a foreign policy analyst with two decades of experience of work in the Caucasus Region and other parts of the Former Soviet Union and the wider Middle East. He is the Director of LINKS (Dialogue-Analysis-Research), and a Member of the Advisory Council of the European Policy Centre in Brussels.

This event is organised in association with Pushkin House.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Please email rsvp@mosaicrooms.org to reserve a free place.

Website

http://mosaicrooms.org/event/frozen-conflict-talk-nagorno-karabakh/

Image from Concerning Violence

Documentary Film Screening: Concerning Violence

  • 25 March 2015 7:30-9pm

The film is both an archive-driven documentary covering the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation in the Third World, as well as an exploration into the mechanisms of decolonization through text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. Fanon’s landmark book, written over 50 years ago, is still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today, as well as the violence and reactions against it.

“I do not think it is premature to call Concerning Violence the documentary of the year” – Grolsch Film Works

“Olsson’s utilisation of Fanon’s text is sharp and perceptive” – CineVue

“sobering, important and expertly curated documentary” – The List

Göran Hugo Olsson Born 1965 in Lund, Sweden, Göran Hugo Olsson was educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm and is one of Sweden’s leading filmmakers internationally. He is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer and manufacturer of his own innovation – the A-Cam, a Super-16 film camera. He was editor and co-founder of the short documentary television program ”Ikon” (SVT). His previous film The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011) became a huge hit in festivals, theatres and TV broadcasts worldwide. Olsson has since 1999 been a member of the Editorial board of Ikon South Africa – a platform for creative documentary in South Africa by township filmmakers in cooperation with South African national broadcaster SABC.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

http://mosaicrooms.org/event/documentary-film-screening-concerning-violence/

Secret Ceiling, Damascus

Literature Event: My House in Damascus

  • 1 April 2015 7-8:30pm

Author and Guardian contributor, Diana Darke will be in conversation with Zahed Taj-Eddin, as they will discuss this timely publication as well as the war’s threat to and destruction of Syria’s historic monuments and sites.
My House in Damascus illuminates the darker recesses not just of Syria’s history and politics, but also its society and secrets.Written from the unique perspective of an Arabic-speaking British woman. Diana Darke became deeply embedded in all levels of Syrian society when she bought and restored a house in Damascus. In September 2012, as fighting intensified, she offered her house as a sanctuary to Syrian friends, up to forty people continue to find refuge there today. By following her experiences and struggles with the realities of life on the ground from the 1970s till the present day, the book provides an eye opening account of why Syria remains locked in conflict.

This event accompanies Imagined Futures, the first UK solo show by internationally exhibited Syrian-Armenian artist Hrair Sarkissian, and aims to shed further light on issues raised by the works in the show.

Diana Darke is an independent author and occasional broadcaster whose work has been published by the BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Sunday Times. After graduating in Arabic from Oxford, she went on to specialise in the Middle East and Turkey, living and working in a range of Arab countries. She began her career at GCHQ, then enjoyed spells with various British government departments and commercial companies before turning to full-time writing. Her detailed travel guides to the region are recognized as the leaders in their field. She regards her newest book My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution as her life’s work, the distillation of her 30 years’ experience of the Arab world.

Zahed Taj-Eddin is an archaeologist, conservator and sculptor; he was born in Syria, presently lives and works in London. He studied applied chemistry, fine arts and ceramics in Syria and Germany; in 2006 he obtained a Masters Degree in Artefact Studies from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London and since then he is an honorary research associate at the institute of Archaeology. He recently completed his PhD on Egyptian faience at the University of Westminster.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Please email rsvp@mosaicrooms.org to reserve your free place.

Website

http://mosaicrooms.org/event/literature-event-house-damascus/

Renaissance Emir Book Cover

Literature Event: Renaissance Emir

  • 16 April 2015 7-8:30pm

This special literature event will include a book reading by the author and music performances curated by Rachel Beckles Willson, Professor of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London.

This groundbreaking biography tells the story of the mysterious Levantine prince Fakhr ad-Din, bringing to life this remarkable man’s beliefs and ambitions, uniquely illuminating the elusive interface between Eastern and Western culture. The year is 1613: the Ottoman Empire is at its height, sprawling from Hungary to Iraq, Morocco to Yemen. One man dares to challenge it: the Prince of a curious Druze sect in Mount Lebanon, Fakhr ad-Din. Yielding before a mighty army sent to conquer him, he—astonishingly—takes refuge with the Medici in Florence at the height of the Renaissance. Fakhr ad-Din took along with him a diverse party of Moslem, Christian, and Jewish Levantines on their first visit to the “Lands of the Christians.” During his five-year stay in Italy, he fights to persuade Popes, Grand-Dukes and Viceroys to support a grand plan: a new Crusade to wrest the Holy Land from the Ottomans, giving Jerusalem back to Christendom and himself a crown.

The evening will be introduced by Michel Moushabeck, founder of Interlink Publishing, followed by a reading from the book by its author Ted Gorton, interwoven with songs and instrumental pieces to accompany the Emir’s journey in the 17th century from the Levant to Tuscany and back.

Ted Gorton taught Arabic at St Andrews University and was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He spent many years in the Middle East and has written numerous articles in scholarly journals. He is the author of Lebanon: Through Writers’ Eyes.

Michel S. Moushabeck is a writer, editor, publisher, and musician. He is the founder of Interlink Publishing, a Massachusetts-based independent publishing house specializing in fiction-in-translation, history, and cultural guides. He is the author of several books including Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa (The Armchair Traveller, London, 2011), and A Brief Introduction to Arabic Music (Saqi Books, London, 2014).

Music performed by Yara Salahiddeen and Merit Ariane Stephanos (vocals), Ahmad AlSalhi (violin), Stavroula Constanti (ney), Nilufar Habibian (qanun), Rachel Beckles Willson (oud), and Michel Moushabeck (percussion).

In collaboration with Interlink Publishing.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Please email rsvp@mosaicrooms.org to reserve a free place.

Website

http://mosaicrooms.org/event/literature-event-renaissance-emir/

Still from Haunted (Maskoon)

Documentary Film Screening: Haunted (Maskoon)

  • 22 April 2015 7:30-9pm

Yazji meets friends and people previously unknown to her at their homes. Domiciles where they live now, or where they are yet to live. Spaces that have turned into a sought-after commodity.

When the bombs arrive, their first instinct is to run away. Later, they remember that they didn’t turn back to capture their last memories of what they were leaving behind. They did not bid farewell to their homes, memories, photographs and identity of a life passed. Haunted is about the Syrian people’s relationship with their homes during the war. What is a home – in a physical and in a metaphorical sense? And how, if one dare ask, do they feel when they are forced to leave?

This screening accompanies Imagined Futures, the first UK solo show by internationally exhibited Syrian-Armenian artist Hrair Sarkissian, and aims to shed further light on issues raised by the works in the show.

Liwaa Yazji is a theatre graduate from Syria. She has acted in September Rain (2009) by Syrian director Abdullatif Abdulhamid and has worked as an assistant director in Windows of the Soul (2011), a docudrama directed by Allyth Hajjo and Ammar Alani. She also wrote the screenplay of the TV drama series The Brothers (2013). Haunted is her first documentary film as a director.

112 min || Arabic with English subtitles

Suitable for

  • 18+

Languages

  • Arabic

Admission

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

Website

http://mosaicrooms.org/event/documentary-film-screening-haunted-maskoon/

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

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