What determines if heritage is preserved or lost? Vali Malhouji discusses Archaeology of the Final Decade, his curatorial project to excavate the remains of two acts of cultural destruction in post revolutionary Iran, a festival banned for cultural decadence and a photo archive of Tehran’s red-light district.
This conference reflects on how artists and art spaces are surviving and continuing to work in times of civil and political conflict, and on how they are responding to the threat to cultural heritage.
Artist Bryony Dunne speaks about her film, Bring Them Back Alive, and photographic exploration, Seeds From The Zoo, of the history of Egypt’s Giza Zoo. Dunne will be in conversation Dr Shela Sheikh.
In the story of British rule in Palestine (1917 to 1948) Palestinian voices have tended to be marginalised or absent. Roger Hardy and Dina Matar discuss the oral history of imperialism in Palestine in the British mandate period.
Artist Judy Price in discussion with art historian Lucy Reynolds and academic, editor and writer Anthony Downey about the work in her exhibition Still on show at The Mosaic Rooms.
Internationally renowned academic and author Mahmood Mamdani presents this year’s Edward W Said London Lecture, examining the concept of revolutionary justice.
Performance and Talk
A performance, talk and short film by artist Ayesha Hameed with Susan Shuppli and Dr Kristen Kreider. A Rough History considers the practice by migrants entering the EU of destroying their fingerprints to avoid detection, alongside other histories of fingerprint erasures.
Palestinian artist Bisan Abu Eisheh‘s work draws on a range of material including his own family’s experiences to explore history and politics. He is currently artist in residence at Culture+Conflict. Abu-Eisheh will be in conversation with curator Michaela Crimmin.
Atef Alshaer explores how Arabic poetry has its finger on the political pulse, from the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire to the Arab Spring. He reflects on the role of Arabic poetry in political culture in conversation with Dina Matar.
How are nationalism, resistance and conflict performed in artistic practices? What societal and institutional pressures affect artists working in this context and how does this influence their work? Lina Khatib, Sandra Noeth, Larissa Sansour and Nat Muller discuss.
Book Launch and Discussion
The Palestinian Novel: from 1948 to the Present is the first study in English to chart the development of the Palestinian novel in exile and under occupation from 1948 onwards. Basher Abu-Maneh, the author, will be in conversation with Razia Iqbal.
Join Peter Gill and Natasha King as they discuss problems facing contemporary humanitarian solutions and the potential of alternative responses and activism to the migrant crisis.
The Pan-African Cultural Festival was a globally significant cultural event which took place in 1969 in Algeria. Featuring music greats including Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba, the festival celebrated post-colonial African nations and was a call for liberation for other countries across the continent. This film made in the same year by artist William Klein will be introduced by film historian and cinema curator Olivier Hadouchi.
Join Katia Kameli in discussion with independent lecturer, curator, and art critic Simon Njami about the work in her first London solo show at The Mosaic Rooms, and her wider practise.