Orientalist Genealogies, The Split Arab / Jew Figure Revisited: A special talk by Professor Ella Shohat, New York University as she offers a genealogical reading of Orientalist visual culture and examines the ambiguous place of Muslim and Jewish communities, as imagined together and later separately, in the West.
Kamilya Jubran: Acclaimed Palestinian musician and voice of resistance Kamilya Jubran presents a special acoustic performance of song and oud from her album Makan. Originally released in 2009, the album features songs influenced by contemporary Arabic poetry: “Preoccupied by the idea of ‘place’, I examined the different spots in which each poet placed himself, while observing his world.
Dia Batal, Tracing Landscapes: An exhibition of new multimedia works by the spatial designer Dia Batal for the 'London Design Festival'. Batal uses the art of Arabic calligraphy to transform text into objects, which seek to engage audiences in contemporary issues of identity and belonging. Batal not only re-envisions this traditional art but also conventional architectural forms and objects.
Teta, Alf Marra (Grandma, a Thousand Times): Directed by Mahmoud Kaabour, this is one of the most highly awarded Arab documentaries ever. Poetic and playful, it celebrates the many worlds of the director’s own fiesty Beiruti grandmother. Teta Fatima is the 83-year old matriarch of the Kaabour family and the sharp-witted queen bee of an old Beiruti quarter. The film documents her larger-than-life character and enduring love for her violinist husband (deceased 20 years) in this charming and intimate exploration of the themes of family, music, aging, and love.
Imagined Futures, Hrair Sarkissian: The Mosaic Rooms present the first UK solo exhibition by Hrair Sarkissian, that features new video and previously unseen photographic work that reflect on the concepts of place, conflict, and future. Overlapping with Tate Modern’s current group exhibition which includes Sarkissian’s work, this gives audiences the chance to view the artist’s practice in greater depth, at a time when he is gaining increased critical recognition.
Haunted (Maskoon) Documentary: In her first feature documentary film, Haunted (Maskoon), Syrian director Liwaa Yazji explores what it means to flee a war. It 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 the exhibition 'Imagined Futures', the first UK solo show by internationally exhibited artist Hrair Sarkissian, and aims to shed further light on issues raised by the works in the show.
Mouths At The Invisible: The first public solo exhibition by artist David Birkin, bringing together a series of works centred around censorship, spectatorship and the legal and linguistic frameworks underpinning war. Reflecting on not only the failure of images, but also the failure of truth and the manipulation of legislative language to suit political expediency, Birkin’s recent research focuses on the use of indefinite detention and targeted killing in the 'war on terror' and the contrived ambiguity of political and military rhetoric.
Nadia Kaabi-Linke: Join the solo Tunisian artist behind the 'The Future Rewound and The Cabinet of Souls' exhibition at the Mosaic Rooms, where it features the recent work and commissioned site-specific installations that reflect upon the artist's interest in the way geography and politics inform the identity of both the individual and the collective and where the work has been inspired by the history of the gallery's building itself. Taking place on 28 November, 2014 at the Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW.
Bitterenders: Second of two play readings at the Mosaic Rooms of emerging Arab playwrights in collaboration with Sandpit Productions’ Bulbul Playwriting Competitions. By Hannah Khalil and directed by Chris White, 'Bitterenders' is a dark comedy about a family of Palestinians who find themselves forced to share their home with Jewish settlers by a court ruling. As they struggle to come to terms with the imposing chalk line separating them from the interlopers, they discover something that threatens to destroy their already fragile home altogether.
The Cost of Eggs: First of two play readings at the Mosaic Rooms of emerging Arab playwrights in collaboration with Sandpit Productions’ Bulbul Playwriting Competitions. By Yasmin Bakiri and directed by Tarek Iskander, 'The Cost of Eggs' is set in war torn Syria, centred around a mother who painstakingly tries to hold her family together as the country falls apart.