Mounira Al Solh
Mounira Al Solh (Beirut 1978) studied painting at the Lebanese University and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (NL). Between 2006 and 2008, she was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
Her work is multidisciplinary, osciliating between video, installation, writing, photography and painting. Al Solh has been working on issues related to Lebanese immigrants, with both physical and mind-set manifestations, as well as Lebanese socio-political and religious conflicts. Her approach is not documentary but fictional, even fantastic. While transforming dramatic situations into ironical ones, she seems to be making conscious periodic parallels between socio-political issues and aesthetics. She frequently appropriates other artworks, and often metamorphoses into other characters and mainly fictional artists.
Her video Rawane's Song was screened in several film festivals, amongst them VideoBrasil that gave it the jury's prize for 2007. Her video installation As If I Don't Fit There was part of the exhibition titled "Forward" at the first Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007, and at the exhibition 'Be(com)ing Dutch' at the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven. Most recently, she received the Uriòt Prize from the Rijksakademie.