The non-profit art gallery at 226 Cromwell Road, The Mosaic Rooms have another jam-packed month coming up, celebrating contemporary culture from and about the Arab world. Join them over March and April for:

Mosaic1Artist Talk: Hrair Sarkissian (March 14, 12.00pm, FREE)

Hrair Sarkissian will discuss the works featured in his first solo UK exhibition, Imagined Futures, with Tate Modern’s curator, Shoair Mavlian.

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.

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Panel Discussion: Frozen Conflict (March 19, 7.00pm, FREE)

Mosaic2A panel discussion reflecting on the current situation in the independent Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and the challenges that lay ahead for this war-torn territory.

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.

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Documentary Film Screening: Concerning Violence (March 25, 7.30pm, £6.50 online/£7.50 on the door)

mosaic3Narrated by Lauryn Hill, this documentary film directed by Göran Hugo Olsson offers a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ‘60s and ‘70s.

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.

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Literature Event: My House in Damascus (April 1, 7.00pm, FREE)

mosaic4A special event to celebrate the launch of My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution (new edition).

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.

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Literature Event & Concert: Renaissance Emir (April 16, 7.00pm, £6.50 online/£7.50 on the door)

mosaic5The UK launch of Ted Gorton’s Renaissance Emir: A Druze Warlord at the Court of the Medici.

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.

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Documentary Film Screening: Haunted (Maskoon) (April 22, 7.30pm, £6.50 online/£7.50 on the door)

mosaic6In her first feature documentary film, Haunted (Maskoon), Syrian director Liwaa Yazji explores what it means to flee a war.

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.

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