Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out is The Mosaic Rooms’ spring schools project for 2021.
Artists Aya Haidar and Marwan Kaabour are working with three local secondary schools to explore storytelling in contemporary art. What has the past year meant to young people? Using different story telling tools, students will be invited to reflect and process their lived experience of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The project is inspired by artists who use different forms storytelling. It draws on art works in the Fehras Publishing Practices exhibition and of contemporary artists from the South West Asia and North Africa, art works that help to transport lived experience into narratives that are easier, which may help process challenging circumstances and emotions and offer new possibilities for the future. At the end of the project each student will have a record of their stories which will be held online as well as in physical form, as a memento of their experiences.
Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out follows on from The Mosaic Rooms 2020 schools project Together Apart which worked with students under the first Covid 19 lockdown in the UK. This second project marks a different moment one year later and encourages the young people to look back on what they wish to remember.
Lockdown Diaries: Over&Out project has been devised in partnership with three local schools Kensington Aldridge Academy, Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School and Holland Park School, and was shaped collaboratively with teachers from those schools to make sure that the project offered perspectives and activities that are not currently covered in the school curriculum.