Traces AIR Antwerpen

Mounira Al Solh

Jul 2012 to Dec 2012
1978 Beirut, Libanon

“C’est à l’interieur de la langue même qu’un abime s’ouvre” (Stefanie Baumann)

will be the starting point of the third edition of NOA magazine (Not Only in Arabic), initiated and edited by Mounira Al Solh. During a residency of six months in AIR Antwerpen she will further research and explore topics of language. In the framework of the development of the magazine parallel events such as conversations and presentations will be held in different locations internationally. Former editions are nr1: Treasons is Like A Bible, and nr2: Arrest Buried Under Something Else, with contributions of a.o. Cevdet Erec, Erden Kosova, Mona Abu Rayyan, Noa Roei and Fadi El Tofeili. 

In her work Mounira Al Solh departs from autobiographical elements as a commuter artist between Beirut and Amsterdam. Her work exists out of video, drawing, painting, performance, photographs and magazines. The project “The Sea Is The Stereo” (Istanbul Biennial, 2010) departs from a group of men living in Beirut, swimming every single day, regardless the weather, the wind or the war. Through using her own voice as a voice over in the video, she focuses on the particularity of this action being repeated daily and the absurd fiction of normality. In “Dinosaurs” (Art in General, New York, 2012) she is inspired by the way John Cassavetes uses the gesture of drinking in his films. Through appropriation she created a new video installation, in which the act of drinking references to moments of solitude, aggression, intimacy. Since 2011 she occasionaley collaborates with Beirut based painter Bassam Ramlawi who is strongly influenced by the work of Dutch artist Rene Daniëls.

Mounira Al Solh studied painting at the University of Beirut (1997-2001) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (2003-2006) and was resident at the Rijksacademy for Visual Arts, Amsterdam (2007-2008). She was invited for the following solo exhibitions: Dinosaurs, Art in General, New York, 2012;  Mounira Al Solh & Bassam Ramlawi, and drawings by René Daniels, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2011; Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon 2011; Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal, 2010; Rijksacademy Open Ateliers, Amsterdam, 2008; Her work was shown in the following group exhibitions ( a selection): Bucharest Biennial, Bucharest, Romania, 2012; The Ungovernables, New Museum New York, 2012; I decided not to save the world, Tate Modern, London/ Salt Istanbul, 2011; The Future of Tradition – The Tradition of Future, Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2010; I’m Not Here. An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs, De Appel Amsterdam, 2010.