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Artist’s Rooms: Mounira Al Solh
11 November 2018Free
The Jameel Arts Centre has a number of rooms that it gives over to individual artists for long-term exhibitions. In Gallery 2 is recent textile and video work by the Lebanese/Dutch artist Mounira Al Solh, an exhibition that focuses on two themes central to Al Solh’s practice: the violent and sometimes absurd force of political events on personal lives, and the form and function of language and meaning-making.
The works on display include My speciality was to make a peasants’ haircut, but they obliged me work till midnight often (2017), a series of hand and machine stitched embroideries featuring excerpts from conversations between the artist and refugees in Lebanon and Europe. An earlier video work by the artist, Rawane’s Song (2006), is a playful meditation on the role of the artist in relation to politics and history.
To 9 February.
Drawn largely from the Art Jameel Collection, Artist’s Rooms is a series of solo exhibitions by influential, innovative artists, with particular focus on practitioners from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. These capsule shows are collaborative: curated in dialogue with the artist, with some presentations including new commissions.
Above: Mounira Al Solh, Video Still from Rawane’s Song, 2016