Mounira Al Solh
The work of Mounira Al Solh is playfully conceptual. Al Solh makes videos, installations, magazines, photographs, paintings and performances. Starting from the personal, or the autobiographical, the work stretches to open up specific micro-social and micro-aesthetic questions, masking back and concealing the personal and the autobiographical. She frequently reflects on specific artworks, by appropriating them and studying them carefully, and often metamorphoses into other characters, such as various other “selves”. In Past of the Coming Days, the Sharjah Biennial (2009) Performance & Film Programme she presented The Sea is a Stereo, an ongoing project comprising video and installation.
Among many others she has exhibited at Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany, and Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands and Al Riwaq Art Space, Manama all in 2010, and at Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, the Galerie Nord, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin and the 11th International Istanbul Biennial in 2009. Her video Rawane’s Song has been screened widely at international festivals amongst them VideoBrasil where it received the 2007 jury prize. Her video installation As If I Don’t Fit There was part of the first Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007.
Mounira Al Solh was born in Beirut in 1978. She studied painting at the Lebanese University in Beirut (LB), and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (NL). Between 2006 and 2008, she was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.