Conceptual artist Mounira Al Solh employs a humorous and playful approach in her work on gender issues, politics and the role of art in Arab society. Encompassing drawing, painting, embroidery, video, installation and performance, her work explores micro-social and micro-aesthetic questions, confounding expectations through her use of shifting and concealed perspectives.
Al Solh's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2017); Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2013); Art in General, New York (2012) and Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2011), among others. Her work has also been shown in group exhibitions at documenta 14, Kassel and Athens (2017); Venice Biennale (2015); Home Works 6, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2013); New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010); Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010); Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, the Netherlands (2010); Al Riwaq Art Space, Manama (2010); Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009) and 11th International Istanbul Biennial (2009), among others.
She received the Uriôt Prize from the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2007) and the Black Magic Woman Award, Amsterdam (2007). She was also shortlisted for the Abraaj Group Art Prize, Dubai (2015) and nominated for the Volkskrant Award, Amsterdam (2009). Her video Rawane's Song won the jury prize at VideoBrasil (2007).
In 2008, Al Solh established NOA Magazine (Not Only Arabic), and in 2013, she co-founded NOA Language School in Amsterdam. The school functioned as a temporary research platform for investigations into the relationships between language and immigration.
She studied painting at the Lebanese University, Beirut (1998-2001) and fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2003-2006). She was also a resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2006-2008).
Born in Beirut in 1978, she currently lives and works in Beirut and Amsterdam.
Sharjah Biennial 9: Provisions for the Future
and Past of the Coming Days