Sama'/Ma'as - Bahr, 2014

Sama' / Ma'as, 2014

Double-sided, patchwork textile curtain, 270 x 254 cm

Born 1978 in Beirut (Lebanon). Lives and works between Beirut and Amsterdam.

Mounira Al Solh studied painting at the Lebanese University (Beirut) from 1998 to 2001, and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam) from 2003 to 2006. She was also Research Resident at the Rijksakademie (Amsterdam) in 2007 and 2008. She is a visual artist with a practice embracing inter alia video and video installations, painting and drawing, embroidery, and performative gestures. Irony and self-reflectivity are central strategies for her work, which explores feminist issues, tracks patterns of microhistory, is socially engaged, and can be political and escapist all at once.  In 2008, Al Solh started NOA Magazine (Not Only Arabic), a performative gesture co-edited with collaborators such as Fadi El Tofeili and Mona Abu Rayyan (NOA I & II), and Jacques Aswad (NOA III). Many artists and non-artists contributed to the different editions of the magazine, which are neither distributed nor exhibited, and can only be consulted by appointment, or during accousmatic readings.

Mounira Al Solh had solo exhibitions at ALT Istanbul (2016), KunstWerke Berlin (2014), Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut (2014), Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow (2013), Art in General New York (2012) and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Netherlands (2011), Kunsthall Lissabon (2010. She was invited to important international group exhibitions such as at documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens (2017), 56th La Biennale di Venezia (2015), New Museum, New York (2014), Homeworks, Beirut (2013), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010), 11th International Istanbul Biennale (2009) and the 52th La Biennale di Venezia (2007).

born in Beirut
lives and works in Beirut


Selected Solo Exhibition



The Measuer of or Travelling Feet, Maares, Maastricht
I Want to Be a Party, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg, Germany
I Strongly Believe in Our Right to Be Frivolous, Alt art space, Istanbul, Turkey

All Mother Tongues Are Difficult, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
NOW EAT MY SCRIPT, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Kunst-Werke Berlin e. V., Berlin, Germany

and suddenly there were women (Performance), Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Hague, The Netherlands
Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK

The Sea Is A Stereo, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

The Sea is a Stereo, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisboa, Portugal

Rijksakademie, Open Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Rijksakademie, Open Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

May B., Squat Deluxe, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

150 Watts, Fennel Gallery
150 Watts, Beirut, Lebanon

Selected Group Exhibitions

documenta 14, Benaki Museum of Isamlic Art, Athens
documenta 14, Hansa Häuser Kassel
The Restless Earth, La Triennale di Milano, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milano
My future is in my past and my past is my present, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Graphic Witness, Drawing Room London

The Measure of our Traveling Feet, Marres Maastricht, The Netherlands
Everything in Nature has a Lyrical Essence, a tragic fate, a comic existence, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
Es war einmal ein Land, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany
Wir Flüchtlinge - Von dem Recht, Rechte zu haben, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
In Search Of Matisse, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Høvikodden, Norway
A 1000 Times No, E-Werk, Freiburg, Germany
The Abraaj Group Art Prize, Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York, USA
Drowning and swallowing this text, LACE, Los Angeles, USA
I scarcely have the right to use this ghostly verb , Parson, New York, USA
5th Marrakech Biennial, Marrakech, Morocco

Neighbors, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
Dear Art, Calvert 22 Foundation, London, UK
Homeworks 6, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon

Arab Express: The Latest Art form the Arab World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Our Work is Never Over, Centro de Creación Contemporánea, Madrid, Spain
Tactics For Here And Now, Pavilion Unicredit, Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest Biennial 5, Bucharest, Romania
The Ungovernables, New Museum, New York, USA
Dinosaurs, Art in General, New York, USA
Dear Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova and Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
-O-L-O-G-Y - Amstel 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
De Menocchio, nous savons beaucoup de choses, Bétonsalon, Paris, France

I decided not to save the world, Tate Modern, London, UK
Salt in Istanbul, Turkey
Third Thessaloniki Biennial A rock and a Hard Place, As Guy Debord Sleeps, Thessaloniki, Greece
The Sea Is A Stereo, Kunsthal, Denmark
Beirut, project space, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria

Manifesta 8, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Region of Murcia (Spain) in dialogue with northern Africa
The Future of Tradition – The Tradition of Future, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Accident, KunstBunker, forum für zeitgenössische kunst, Nürnberg, Germany
Summer Heat, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, USA
Witty Lo-Fi Works with Knotty Thoughts, Montevideo (NIMK), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I’m Not Here. An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs, De Appel, Amsterdam, NL
Volkskrant Prize, Stedelijk Museum Scheidam, NL
Categorical Imperatives, the Guild Art Gallery, New York, USA and Mumbai, India

Noise, by Bidoun, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Fiction in Action, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
The Sky Within My House, Curated by Gerardo Mosquera, Cordoba, Spain
Embedded Realities, KunstRaum, Düsseldorf, Germany
What Keeps Mankind Alive, the 11th International Istanbul Biennale, Turkey
Out of Place, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Gallerie Nord, Berlin, Germany
Beirut Art Center, Almost Real production exhibition, Beirut, LB
Not Long Ago, Not Far Away-Darinka Pop-Mitic and Mounira Al Solh, Gallery Nova, Zagreb,Croatia
Body Double, Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Open Ateliers, Rjksakademie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Kick start, Young Dutch Video 2005-08, The Brno House of Arts, Czech Republic
Be(com)ing Dutch, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Temporary Museum Amsterdam, Montevideo (NIMK), The Netherlands
Home Works IV, A Forum on Cultural Practices, The Sea Is A Stereo and
NOA (Not Only Arabic) Magazine first issue launch, Beirut, Lebanon
The Sea Is A Stereo, Motive Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Open Ateliers, Rjksakademie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
La Biennale di Venezia, Foreword, Pavilion of Lebanon, As If I Don't Fit There, Venezia, Italy
2732 KM from Beirut, Hebbel Theater, Berlin, Germany

Mr. Miyagi, MAMA showroom for media and moving art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Catalyst, Vlaams Cultureel Centrum de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Chou Tabkha Ya Mara, The Art Lounge, Beirut, Lebanon
Rietveld in the Church, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Below Zero, 66 East: Centre for Urban Culture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Zoom is available, Club11, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fadi Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Aida Cherfan Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Latakya Biennial, Latakya, Syria

Figures Humaines, Espace SD, Beirut, Lebanon
Aida Cherfan Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
South African National Gallery Annex, Thupelo Workshop Exhibition, Cape Town, South Africa

Aida Cherfan Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
The Lebanese University Final Show, Unesco Palace, Beirut, Lebanon


Video Screenings / Festivals (selection)


Hello Guggenheim: Film and Video Curated by Bidoun Projects, 'Paris Without a Sea', Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,New York, NY

Tatton Park Biennial, 'Among the Nightingales' film program curated by Clarissa Corfe, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Impakt Festival, with 'The Sea Is A Stereo', Utrecht, The Netherlands
Centre for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 'Unreal Asia', 'Paris Without A Sea', Germany
Art Dubai, 'Me Her and our Punctuation Marks', video program curated by Christine Tohme, Dubai, UAE
Sharjah Biennale 9, 'Paris Without A Sea', film screening for the opening day, Sahrjah, UAE
'MidEast Cut', International Festival for alternative film and video, Denmark & Finland

Kunsthalle Basel, 'Catching Breath' film program, 'A Buttock Sitting Comfortably On A Watery Threshold', curated by November Paynter, Switzerland
The Aqua project, and the Arizona State University Art Museum, 'I’m keeping an eye on you' with 'Paris Without a Sea', curated by John Spiak, Miami, USA
Né à Beyrouth, Film Festival, with 'Paris Without A Sea', Beirut, Lebanoon

16th International Electronic Art Festival - Videobrasil, 'Southern Panoramas' with 'Rawane's Song', São Paulo, Brasil
Netherlands Film Festival, with 'A Cat in the Hippodrome', Utrecht, Netherlands
Tate Modern, ‘In Focus’, Recent films and videos from the Middle East, with 'Canteen Stories’, London, United Kingdom
Paris Cinema, with 'Rawane's Song', Paris, France
Né à Beyrouth, Film Festival, with 'Rawane's Song', Beirut, Lebanon

Victoria & Albert Museum, ‘Arabise Me', with ‘ Rawane’s song’, London, UK
Impakt Festival, with 'Rawane's Song', Utrecht, The Netherlands


Awards and grants


KunstZeitRaum (Das Atelierstipendium von Sudhausbau und Pin), Munich, Germany

AFAC, The Arab Funds For Arts And Culture, Project Grant, Lebanon
Come In Go Out, Tolhuistuin, North Amsterdam, The Netherlands
RED AIR, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fellowship, Van den Berch van Heemstede Stichting, The Netherlands

Uriòt Prize, Rijksakademie, NL 2007 Grant, Cultural Department of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands
16th International Electronic Art Festival - Videobrasil, Jury award for 'Rawane's Song', São Paulo, Brasil
CBK Zuidoost, 'Black Magic Woman Award 2007', Amsterdam, NL 2006 Gerrit Rietveld Academy, nominated for the Fine Art Prize, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Hotel Mariakapel, Hoorn, The Netherlands

Kentertainment International Contest, First Painting Prize, Beirut, Lebanon
Thupelo Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa



Everything in nature has a lyrical essence, a tragic fate, a comic existence - Kunsthalle ExnergasseVienna