The A. M. Qattan Foundation announced with great sadness this week, the passing of its inspirational founder and Honorary Chairman, Mr. Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan (Abu Hani). Mr. Al-Qattan passed away at his London home, surrounded by his family, on the morning of December 4th, 2017. In 1993 he launched the A.M. Qattan Foundation in London which by 1998 had become fully active in Palestine through a range of programmes in the cultural and educational sectors. The Mosaic Rooms, London, is a project of the Foundation.
To read the Foundation’s full announcement and tribute, click here.
For our current exhibition The show has a long title that I don’t recall anymore by Pascal Hachem, we spoke to the Beirut-born artist about his inspirations, and the use of flour and humour in his work. Check out the interview here:
Pascal’s show is be on display at The Mosaic Rooms until December 2, 2017.
Born in 1979, Pascal Hachem is based in Beirut. His work has been shown internationally including solo shows at La Vitrine, Beirut (2017), Selma Ferani Gallery, Tunisia (2016), Soulangh Artist Village, Taiwan (2015) and Federica Schaivo Gallery, Italy (2013). Group exhibitions include The Mosaic Rooms, London (2015), Dak’Art (2014), Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea (2014) and Vanvitelliana, Italy (2012). In parallel to his artistic work Hachem co-founded 200grs, a design studio, and currently teaches at the American University of Beirut (AUB).
Time Beyond Place is a project established in 2016 by New York-based Norwegian artist Anne Senstad. Initially conceived as a research project in Abha, Southern Saudi Arabia, Senstad went on to create a cross cultural exchange platform for women artists, involving artist and The Mosaic Rooms alumni Zahrah Al-Ghamdi, to collaborate on art workshops and exhibitions.
Given some of the local restrictions placed on women, the project has taken the theme of preservation of cultural heritage and developed with a focus on the vernacular tradition of Asiri, women-only artisanal practice of Qut wall painting and architectural preservation.
The Asiri Qut wall painting tradition found in Asir is a form of geometric colourful wall painting inside the interiors of homes, that reflects a personal and tribal history, narratives and protection of the family domain.
A live audio recording of Senstad’s recent talk at The Mosaic Rooms, where she discussed some of her work and practice with the collective, can be found here.
The video below is a trailer to a longer video installation which is part of Senstad’s exhibition currently on show until October 7, at K4 Galleri, in Oslo.
Teaser TIME BEYOND PLACE from annesenstad on Vimeo.
Welcome to The Mosaic Rooms Aswat (Arabic for voices), our series of video interviews where we ask artists, writers and creative professionals speaking at The Mosaic Rooms about their work and what inspires them.
For our first set we approached film director and actor Ahd Kamel and BBC Arabic Festival director Sheyma Buali, who joined us for a screening of Ahd’s latest work and a Q&A, in August.
Watch the videos here: