Conceptual artist Mounira Al Solh employs a humorous and playful approach in her work to highlight gender issues, politics and the role of art in Arab society. Her artistic practice spans video, drawing, painting, embroidery, photography, performance and magazine publishing and magazine publishing.
Using irony and a self-reflective approach, her work examines feminist issues and forced migration caused by wars and instability, and consequences of the latter. She researches ways which lead to an urgent storytelling practice that is filled with intuition and addresses the female body.
Al Solh's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Art Institute of Chicago (2018); Mathaf, Doha (2018); Art Jameel, Dubai (2017); Musée National de Pablo Picasso–La Guerre et la Paix, Vallauris, France; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Her work has also been shown in group exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2020), Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (2020), C’arré d’Art Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes (2018), 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.
In 2008, Al Solh started NOA Magazine (Not Only Arabic), a collaborative initiative co-edited with collaborators such as Fadi El Tofeili,Mona Abu Rayyan and Jacques Aswad. She co-founded NOA Language School in Amsterdam (2013), which functioned as a temporary research platform for investigations into the relationships between language and immigration.
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).
She studied theatre, painting and music at the Lebanese University in Beirut (1997–2001) and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2003–2006). She was also a research resident at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2007–2008).
Born in Beirut in 1978, she currently lives and works between Beirut and Amsterdam.
Genealogies in the Middle East and Latin America (2021)
Sharjah Biennial 9
Sharjah Biennial 9: Provisions for the Future
and Past of the Coming Days