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 Amsterdam and Beirut. Studied Painting at the Lebanese University, Beirut (1998-2001) and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2003-6). Al Solh is a visual artist with a practice embracing inter alia video and video installations, painting and drawing, embroidery, and performative gestures. 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. Shortlisted for the Abraaj Group Art Prize, Dubai (2015); nominated for the Volkskrant Award, the Netherlands (2009); and winner of the Uriôt Prize, Rijksakademie (2007). Select solo exhibitions include 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: 15.08.2017

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