Mounira Al Solh

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    Mounira Al Solh, Are you pretending to be Jesus? Courtesy the artist & Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut Oil, acrylic, black ink and charcoal on canvas, 168 x 210 cm

Mounira Al Solh (b. 1978, Beirut, Lebanon) lives and works in the Netherlands and Lebanon. Studied Painting at the Lebanese University, Beirut (1998-2001) and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2003-6). Al Solh's art practice embraces inter alia drawing, painting, embroidery, performative gestures, video and video installations. Irony and self-reflectivity are central strategies for her work, which explores feminist issues, tracks patterns of microhistory, is socially engaged, and can be political and escapist all at once. Her work has been shown in Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel (2017); and at the Venice Biennial, at both the exhibition curated by Okwui Enwezor (2015), and as part of the Lebanese Pavilion (2007). Select solo exhibitions include Mounira Al Solh: I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous, Art Institute Chicago, Chicago (2018); Artist’s Rooms, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai (2018); I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous, Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar (2018); Documenta 14, Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece (2017); I Want to Be a Party, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg, Germany (2016); I Strongly Believe in Our Right to Be Frivolous, Alt Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey (2016); All Mother Tongues Are Difficult, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon (2014); NOW EAT MY SCRIPT, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2014); and suddenly there were women, (Performance), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, Netherlands (2013); and Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK (2013). Select group exhibitions include Graphic Witness, Drawing Room, London, UK (2017);  The Measure of our Traveling Feet, Marres Maastricht, Netherlands (2016); Everything in Nature has a lyrical essence, a tragic fate, a comic existence, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria (2016); Es war einmal ein Land, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany (2016); Wir Flüchtlinge - Von dem Recht, Rechte zu haben, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany (2016); and Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (2015).

Last updated: 15.11.2018


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