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Shall We Sit Together? Settings of Care

The Mosaic Rooms Young Collective with Febrik


See this exhibition by The Mosaic Rooms Young Collective, created by young people in collaboration with artists Febrik and in partnership with New Citizen’s Gateway.

The exhibition is on the second floor of The Mosaic Rooms and is free to visit during our opening hours (Tuesday – Sunday 11am-6pm) from Sunday 19th November – Friday 12th January.

The Young Collective are: Saba, Bukhari, Arvin, Aryan, Paniz, Yalda, Rozhina, Claudia, Dhaifallah, Suliman, Bibi, Molouda, Yasna.

In collaboration with Febrik, the group have worked with a variety of tools and references to think through their individual as well as collective interests and motivations. Through these creative sessions, themes of care and protection emerged as interpretations of solidarity. The project interrogated meanings of ‘sitting’ as a social and political practice and proposed settings of care with the body and elements from the studio space – such as chairs, walls and doors. The sessions asked questions about proximity, power dynamics, violence, fragility and support.

This exhibition holds evidence of these accumulative experiments and begins to answer the ways in which we can sit together as we care for others and care for the values we hold dear.

The Mosaic Rooms strives to collaborate with individuals to hold space for creativity and togetherness. The Mosaic Rooms Young Collective are a group of people who engage with the work of local charity New Citizens’ Gateway, who work to promote the wellbeing of young asylum seekers and refugees in London.

You can read and download Manifesto of Care here, created by The Mosaic Rooms Young Collective as part of this exhibition.

Febrik is a not-for-profit collaborative platform for participatory art and design research projects with practicing architects, designers and artists active in the Middle East and the UK. Febrik’s main area of concern lies in the dynamics and practices of public spaces in relation to social and urban change; in specific in relation to negotiations of right of space within spaces of refuge of previously unrepresented groups such as children and women. They focus on the use of art-and-design-based research methodologies and processes (architecture/art/film/photography/text) to enhance community participation and action and to develop propositional thinking with regards to the immediate social and physical environment. Through a series of project (primarily in Palestinian Refugee Camps in the Middle East and more recently in marginal housing estates in London) Febrik has developed a series of research and design projects exploring ideas of the social playground, as public multi-functional and intergenerational spaces enabling spatial and temporal negotiations and overlaps in appropriation of previously unrepresented groups. 

Photo credit: Sophie le Roux // www.sleroux.com

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