Mounira Al Solh

Born (1978) in Beirut, Lebanon. She lives and works in Beirut and in Amsterdam. She studied painting at the Lebanese University in Beirut, and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Al Solh is a multidisciplinary artist. Playfully conceptual, and often starting from the autobiographical, her work stretches to open up specific micro-social and micro-aesthetic questions, masking back and concealing the autobiographical. She reflects on specific artworks, by appropriating them, and often metamorphoses into other characters, such as various other “selves”. Recent solo exhibitions (selection): Rijksakademie, Open Ateliers (Amsterdam, 2007, 2008); Huis Der Kunst (Lisboa, Portugal, 2010); Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (Netherlands, 2011); Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Beirut, 2011). Regent group exhibition (selection): Venice Biennale (2007); Home Works IV, (Beirut, 2008); 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009); Manifesta 8 (Spain, 2010); Haus der Kunst (Munchen, 2010).

 

 

Why do we have to attend so many art exhibitions? Are we our own public, our own “Society of the Spectacle”? 

 

Focusing on the non-materiality of production, and some silence.

To put it simlpy: reflecting on the current economical situation in Greece as well as in the world in general; it’s all too abstract for me to understand. 

Trying not to add up to the accumulative movement of nowadays people… Trying my best…

 

I decided not to go to Thessaloniki, although I was invited to do so. However, I’ve decided to cut the electrical current in the historical monument Yeni Djami, where my work is installed, three times a week for a good hour.

 

Perhaps I might do a little bit more, because I have heard some people use this expression: «more is less»; did I just read briefly about Barry Schwartz’ The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less? Not much though.

 

And now I would like to quote the first sentence of Debord’s Society of the Spectacle, as a consumer of this text: “In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, life is presented as an immense accumulation of spectacles”.

 

 

Mounira Al Solh

Photos

While Guy Debord Sleeps, 2011, electricity cuts, wooden room with red and white stripes, drawings on paper pinned on wall, candles in miscellaneous candelabra, variable dimensions, Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg- Beirut

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon