may, 2019

02mayallday10augMounira Al Solh | The Mother of David and Goliath


Event Details

Sfeir-Semler Gallery is happy to announce the opening of the third solo show of MOUNIRA AL SOLH in our Beirut space. Please join us to celebrate the artist at the opening on May 2nd, 2019 from 7PM to 9PM.

In this new exhibition Mounira Al Solh concentrates on women rights, women stories and their position in History in the Arab region.

In the entrance of the space, on a coffee-painted wall, a green neon and a chandelier made out of used plastic and cardboard cups, welcome the visitors. It navigates the thin line between spirituality and religious bigotry, mixing raw and reused materials.

Since 2012, Al Solh has been drawing and telling stories derived from one to one conversations with displaced people living in her direct neighborhood; as well as testimonies of refugees, exiled individuals and families. These series of drawings, around 500 so far, are a time and a socio-geographic displacement document. Many of these drawings were exhibited at documenta14 in Kassel, and at the Art Institute in Chicago as well as at Mathaf in Qatar.

Based on this research, Al Solh has been embroidering tents and textile shelters as well as quilts including patterns and figurative drawings; following the traditions of women practices in all civilizations, especially in the Arab ones.

A new series of paintings mixes fictional stories by women writers, and those about detained women and their sufferings in prison, in a firework of colors and forms.

In the cinema room of the gallery, we present a film that investigates how historical unrest is registered as personal or family traumas; and recounts the experiences of the artist’s maternal and paternal ancestors in Lebanon and Syria during the First World War, and the Nasserite and Pan-Arab revolutionary movements of the 1950s and 1960s.

We are happy to announce that Mathaf, Qatar has just published a monographic book about this project which is available at the gallery.

*Exhibition runs until August 10th, 2019

Courtesy of Sfeir-Semler Gallery


May 2 (Thursday) - August 10 (Saturday)


Sfeir-Semler Gallery LB


Sfeir-Semler Gallery LB [email protected] Tannous Building - Quarantine - Lb-2077 7209 Beirut

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Piero Manzoni, Achrome, 1961. Straw, reflective powder and kaolin, burnt wooden base, 68.3 x 45.8 x 44.5 cm. © Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milano. Courtesy Herning Museum of Conemporary Art (HEART). Photo: Soren Krogh