Modern Masters and Contemporary Culture from the Arab World and Iran
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, The Mosaic Rooms present an ambitious programme of exhibitions and events running from spring 2018 to autumn 2019. The programme of six exhibitions has two parts, a series of seminal Arab and Iranian modernist artists from Egypt, Iran and Morocco curated by Morad Montazami and a series of group shows presenting contemporary art from these three countries organised in partnership with regional institutions and curators.
Artist Hannah Darabi in conversation with curator Catherine David about her new artist book and archival research Enghelab Street, A Revolution Through Books: Iran 1979–1983.
Vahid Hosseini’s 90 minute documentary Bazm-e-Razm (Drums of War) tells the tumultuous story of the Iranian music scene between 1979 and 1989, featuring extensive interviews with individuals involved in the scene.
Hamed Khosravi traces the multifaceted life of a couple, who through their foundation of the Women’s Association and the Association of Iranian Architects, redefined newly conceptualised domestic spaces in Tehran as spaces of resistance.
Screening + Conversation
Artist and filmmaker Mamali Shafahi in conversation with artist and writer Ashkan Sepahvand about Nature Morte, a film by the filmmaker Sohrab Shahid-Saless.
Artist Shirin Sabahi in conversation with curator Azar Mahmoudian about her recent publication, Pocket Folklore. The book concludes Sabahi’s long-term project around a sculpture by Noriyuki Haraguchi at TMOCA.
A lecture performance by two members of Alphabet Collection (AC), Mohammad Salemy and Patrick Schabus. They illustrate the role of liberal and leftist intellectuals from the postwar period until present time, in confusing the popular and emancipatory aspects of political Islam with its more reactionary tendencies.
Filmmaker and cultural critic Hamed Yousefi in conversation with theorist Sami Khatib discussing the political legacy of anti-Western thought in Iran and beyond.