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Public Programme for the exhibition Gut Feelings by Hayv Kahraman

The Mosaic Rooms announces the public programme for the exhibition Gut Feelings by Hayv Kahraman. The programme is rooted in healing practices and methodologies of repair. Drawing on Kahraman’s central question of ‘How do we get Unstuck?’, the programme features artists, activists, collectives and thinkers from cross-disciplinary fields including political anthropology, microbiology, medicine, and intersectional feminism. There are conversations and participatory sessions on rituals, embodied trauma, and play and restoration that seek to create a space of learning, care and mending. The programme will take place both online and in the gallery.

The programme launches with Yara Hawari‘s reading of The Stone House, a novella about intergenerational trauma and survival under Israeli occupation, part of our Palestine Book Club, initiated by Gentle/Radical. AVAH (Afghan Visual Art History) Collective curates an In Response event, with a reading by Orna Kazimi and a conversation with Mohammed Sabir Sabir, considering the remembrance of genocide and artistic practices in displacement. Imani Mason Jordan performs a poetic reflection on the afterlives of colonialism and transatlantic slavery in the context of Grenfell.

Workshops explore decolonial tools and experiment with new perspectives by learning through objects, plants and music. Artist Patricia Domínguez Claro leads a multi-species experimental art workshop on plants and guts in our Future Threads event series. Khaled Malas and Nadine Fattaleh’s three-day workshop is based on talismanic objects collected by Palestinian physician Tawfiq Canaan. A listening session led by Aditi Ahalya Jaganathan looks at sound and solidarity, presented with Sound Advice and Arman Nouri.

A series of evenings highlights restorative practices and care. Akanksha Mehta and Akriti Mehta (Mad Sad Fat Crip) host an interactive gathering on gut feelings, bodyminds, violence, grief and disability justice. Lana Homeri will lead activities on embodied awareness and reflection through meditation and movement. Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club uses self-defense and herbalism to explore our own instincts.

Hayv Kahraman gives a live tour of her studio in Los Angeles and speaks about her work in the exhibition. The Feminist Duration Reading Group hosts a meeting to collectively read texts inspired by Hayv Kahraman’s and Rachel Jones’ exhibitions, in collaboration with Chisenhale Gallery. Anthropologist Miriam Ticktin’s talk reflects on Kahraman’s entanglements of bodies and borders. Artist Rouzbeh Shadpey investigates the ‘missile pill’ in a lecture performance. Trans-disciplinary researchers Andrea Núñez Casal, Omar Dewachi and others explore the connections between the microbial world, trauma and inequalities.

Families can enjoy our creative kids’ corner in the gallery and join a family fun activity, led by our family artist of 2022Sahra Hersi.



Images: Courtesy of Patricia Domínguez Claro, Rouzbeh Shadpey, Mohammad Sabir Sabir, Imani Mason Jordan, Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club.

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