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Food: Algerian Supper Club

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The Mosaic Rooms continue their supper club programme with an Algerian Supper club hosted by Chris Benarab of Azou Restaurant.

The supper club series aims to celebrate the cooking and stories that surround food from the diverse Middle Eastern cultures found in London. Azou offers the very best in North African Cuisine and this supper club will focus specifically on the rich and diverse flavours found in Algerian cuisine. With stories and discussions guests will have the opportunity to learn about and sample the authentic taste of Algeria and also visit the current exhibition Intervening Space: From the Intimate to the World featuring the work of contemporary Algerian artists.

Chris Benarab is the executive chef at Azou Restaurant. The restaurant is the winner of Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, North African category and was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Watch Azou featured on Ramsay’s Best Restaurant here.

The event will take place on Thursday the 5th June at The Mosaic Rooms in the main exhibition room.

Tickets: £35 (includes a three course meal with wine).

Limited spaces, get your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

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Screening: SEA SHELL / TREE OF LIFE

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Kinsi Abdulleh presents award-winning shorts by prominent Somali film director and writer Abdulkadir Ahmed Said. Sea Shell (1990) and Tree of Life (1988) reflect on the impact of modernisation and industrialisation on the environment, lives and culture of Somalia. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Abdulkadir live from South Africa.

Sea Shell (25 min): A woman artist on a beach picks up a beautiful shell. She places it to her ear and listens, she hears the painful story about a young girl’s trauma in the nearby coastal village. She begins to understand the pain of the young girl – the pain caused by reckless actions of multinational corporations and its impact on the lives of a fishing village. This is a film dedicated to “all the victims of humanity’s lack of conscience”.

Tree of Life (24 min): Somewhere in Africa there is a Tree that regulates life, if it is destroyed then all life as we know it comes to an end. Xassan (Cilmi-Qori Sabriye) walks through his beautiful native forest in Somalia, selects a tree and begins to chop it down. Suddenly he finds himself in a desert. A previous winner of Best Film, International Short Film Competition category, at the Torino International Festival of Young Cinema, this film is an impassioned plea for conservation awareness in Africa.

Kinsi Abdulleh is a visual artist, editor and educator. She is the founder of NUMBI Arts, a London based non-profit Art Bureau – (Somali Film Arts & Culture -an open archive and ongoing forum for shared desporic experience), and the editor of bespoke literary arts magazine SCARF. Her work as an artist educator focuses on social justice, histories and women’s voices.

All films with English subtitles.

2 APRIL 2014, 7.30PM BOOK TICKETS

The Mosaic Rooms
Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road
London SW5 0SW
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INTERVENING SPACE: FROM THE INTIMATE TO THE WORLD

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The Mosaic Rooms’ latest exhibition, Intervening Space: Between The World & The Intimate, is a group show of six contemporary Algerian artists showing from 16.05.14 – 28.06.14.

The exhibition is a curatorial collaboration between The Mosaic Rooms and aria (artist residency in Algiers), and will feature newly-commissioned and reimagined works from Fayçal Baghriche, Amina Menia, Atef Berredjem, Hanan Benammar, Massinissa Selmani and Sadek Rahim. All have shown internationally; for many this is their first exhibition in London.

The artists, selected from aria’s network, represent the exciting artistic practices emerging from Algeria. aria was founded by the award-winning Algerian artist Zineb Sedira who runs the programme with London based freelance curator Yasmina Reggad. aria’s overall aim is to develop art practices within Algeria and to increase Algerian visibility in contemporary art internationally.

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The Mosaic Rooms
Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road
London SW5 0SW
020 7370 9990

 

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ART: Mogadishu – Lost Moderns

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EXHIBITION – 7th MARCH to 26th APRIL – FREE

The Mosaic Rooms present Mogadishu – Lost Moderns, the first exhibition to explore Mogadishu through its architecture and urban environment,narrating the story of Somalia’s journey from traditional African nation via colonisation and post colonialism to emergent independent state. This trajectory may be familiar to Africa but its manifestations are not: how was Mogadishu created as a modern African capital?

Challenging familiar mainstream images that depict the city solely as a place of conflict and destruction, Somali-British architect Rashid Ali and British photographer Andrew Cross offer a unique account of what remains of the city’s urban fabric and key modernist symbols after two decades of civil conflict. These specially commissioned photographs are presented alongside rare archival photographs, not yet presented to the public, which document the city’s architecture under Italian colonial rule.

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TALK – 13 MARCH 2014, 7PM

Join architect Rashid Ali as he discusses the changing urban fabric of Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, from the early 20th Century until present day. Over the course of its history, Mogadishu has been influenced by the diverse cultures of its various rulers, residents and visiting traders; a combination of influences that strongly informed the city’s subsequent social, cultural and physical characteristics. Mogadishu’s pre-civil war architecture and built form largely owes its morphology to the region’s former colonial power, Italy, the last of the European powers to join the ‘scramble for Africa’.

The Mosaic Rooms
A.M. Qattan Foundation
Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road
London SW5 0SW

 

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Food: Iraqi Supper Club

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14 FEBRUARY, 7.00PM-10.00PM
The Mosaic Rooms
 

To celebrate the paperback release of The Iraqi Cookbook by regular supper club host Lamees Ibrahim, The Mosaic Rooms are putting on a special Valentine’s Day Supper Club.

The supper club series aims to celebrate the cooking and stories that surround food from the diverse Middle Eastern cultures found in London. The previous two supper clubs hosted by Lamees were sell outs! This special Valentines Day Supper Club will feature stories, discussions and demonstrations. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about and sample the authentic taste of Iraq. It will be hosted at The Mosaic Rooms, in the main gallery space which will have the evocative paintings of Iraqi artist Hanoos Hanoos on show. This unique event is a wonderful way to celebrate the day with loved ones, or to meet new people!

The Iraqi Cookbook is a rich embodiment of food, culture and storytelling. First published in 2009 to great success, the book was described by The Middle East in London as “…a cookbook that makes Iraqi cuisine accessible not only for those who grew up with its tastes and flavors, but also for those who are new to it.” Lamees Ibrahim was born in Baghdad and came to London to study, obtaining a PhD from Kings College Hospital Medical School. London has been her permanent home since 1988.

Tickets: £35 (includes a three course meal with wine).

Limited spaces, get your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

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If you would like to request a vegetarian option please email us – reception@mosaicrooms.org

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