The Mosaic Rooms
The Mosaic Rooms
226 Cromwell Road
020 7370 9990
The Mosaic Rooms brings some of the most exciting, progressive and innovative contemporary creative voices in the Middle East to London.
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- 7 March — 26 April 2014 *on now
Mogadishu-Lost Moderns tells the story of Somalia’s journey from a traditional African nation, via colonisation and post colonialism to emergent independent state through its capital city Mogadishu. Challenging familiar mainstream images that depict the city solely as a place of conflict and destruction, the exhibition includes specially commissioned photographs and video works by Andrew Cross that record the city’s urban fabric and key modernist symbols. These are presented alongside archival photographs and films documenting the city’s architecture from the early 20th Century. Together they reveal the complex story of Mogadishu’s social, political and economic transformations from the 20th Century to present day through its built form. This timely exhibition also provides a platform for reflection on the value of civic architecture and heritage preservation in places of conflict.
More information to come soon!
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm, Entrance Free
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Intervening Space: From the Intimate to the World
- 16 May — 28 June 2014
The exhibition features newly-commissioned and reimagined works from Fayçal Baghriche, Amina Menia, Atef Berredjem, Hanan Benammar, Massinissa Selmani and Sadek Rahim.
Working in a range of media, including photography, audio and installation, the artists explore interstices in time and space. Using space as a fundamental frame for human experience, they reflect upon transitional places, empty spaces and intermediary zones - harnessing liminal space to articulate that which echoes between the invisible and visible, the private and the public, the intimate and the immense.
Find out more http://www.mosaicrooms.org/intervening-space/
Supported by the Arts Council England, part of the London Festival of Architecture 2014.
- Any age
The Land of No Rain
- 30 April 2014 7-8pm
Land of No Rain takes place in Hamiya, a fictional Arab country run by military commanders who treat power as a personal possession to be handed down from one generation to the next. The main character was forced into exile from Hamiya twenty years earlier for taking part in a failed assassination attempt on the military ruler known as the Grandson. On his return to his homeland, he encounters family, childhood friends, former comrades and his first love, but most importantly he grapples with his own self, the person he left behind.
Land of No Rain is a complex and mysterious story of the journey of exile and the difficulty of return. Praised by Ahdaf Soueif and Elias Khoury in its original Arabic, it is fantastic to welcome a stunning new English translation.
Amjad Nasser, a Jordanian poet born in 1955, has written numerous volumes of poetry and several travel memoirs. He has worked for newspapers in Beirut and Cyprus and now lives in London. Land of No Rain is his first novel.
Jonathan Wright is a British literary translator who recently received the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize.
The launch will be followed by a Q&A and there will be an opportunity to have copies of the book signed by the author.
- English and Arabic