Mounira Al SolhThe unstoppable bowl of silent afternoon songs2023collage and oil on canvas30 x 40 cm
Mounira Al SolhTaa w la teji we Kzob Aleyyeh (Come but don’t arrive, and lie to me)2023collage, ink, honey based watercolour and oil on canvas 24 x 30 cm
Mounira Al SolhMy heart, ice creamed, but no fridge ten times2023collage, acrylic, ink and oil on canvas24 x 30 cm
Mounira Al SolhAbove the palm trees2023collage and oil on canvas24 x 30 cm
Mounira Al SolhWarrior's Fakes, and My Aunt's Mule2022oil on canvas206 x 234 cm
Mounira Al SolhI Wish We Were Her Golden Milk2022oil on canvas144,5 x 104 cm
Mounira Al SolhIlluminated Darkness2022oil on canvas97 x 71 cm
Mounira Al SolhSkulls, Hands and Hearts, in Her Red2022oil on canvas99 x 70 cm
Mounira Al SolhSheikh Imam as Seen by2022oil on canvas44,5 x 74 cm
Mounira Al SolhThe Un-Musical Vase2022video played on old IPhone placed in vase (edition of 5)
Mounira Al SolhWanted, Blind, Beloved, in Jail and on the Water2022ink, gouache, watercolour, collage, pencil and pen on paper59 x 41,8 cm
Mounira Al SolhWanted, Blind, Beloved, in Jail and on the Sea2022mixed media on paper59,2 x 41,8 cm
Mounira Al SolhWanted, Blind, Beloved, in Jail and on the Water2022ink, gouache, watercolour, collage, pencil and pen on paper 59,2 x 41,8 cm
Mounira Al SolhYa Habibi Ya Eini2022oil on canvas82,5 x 134,5 cm
Mounira Al SolhThe Sea, in Love; and the Cockroach Sings2022oil on canvas162 x 209 cm
Mounira Al SolhSilicone, Poppies and a Couple of Invisible Deffs2022oil on canvas235 x 206 cm
Mounira Al SolhBrown Fish; His Voice2022oil on canvas206 x 183 cm
Mounira Al SolhBelated Revolutions2022oil on canvas118,5 x 233,5 cm
Mounira Al SolhYom Min Gheir Rouyak (A Day Without Seeing You)2022charcoal, acrylic, ink, permanent marker, red wine and collage on paper251 x 109,7 cm
Mounira Al SolhIrhalou (Leave)2022charcoal, acrylic, ink, permanent marker and collage on paper110 x 153 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020ink, markers and textile on paper30,4 x 43,2 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020ink and watercolour on paper39,8 x 28,3 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020ink and plastic on paper51 x 40,3 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020ink, watercolour and pencil on paper41,2 x 29,3 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020ink on printed paper49,5 x 74,5 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2022ink, blood, pastels, charcoal and watercolour on paper29,5 x 41,4 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2022ink, blood, pastels, charcoal and watercolour on paper56,4 x 42 cm
Mounira Al SolhAncient Cactus - Al Qadar2020 - 2021oil on canvas266,3 x 202 cm
Mounira Al SolhDoum Tak Tak Doum Tak2020 - 2021oil on canvas206,5 x 206,2 cm
Mounira Al Solh"I don't consider this an insult."2021oil on canvas97 x 115,3 cm
Mounira Al SolhBuried Alive (Dead with Awakened Eyes)2020 - 2021oil on canvas94,3 x 221,2 cm
Mounira Al SolhThe Last Three on Earth2021oil on canvas207,6 x 198,3 cm
Mounira Al SolhThe Kiss of the Revolution: Pickled2020 - 2021oil on canvas165,5 x 128,3 cm
35th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil
September 6 - December 10, 2023
Prolific in painting, drawing, embroidery, performance, music, and film, the artist uses various materials to create her multisensory universes, which engage with the real world. Lebanon's presentation will be curated by Nada Ghandorur, who also curated the country's 2022 Pavilion. Dina Bizri will serve as associate curator.
To mark this 20th anniversary, the AM10 exhibition will for the first time be presented across Wales at five nationwide venue.
13 APRIL, 13 APRIL, 13 APRIL
Published by Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Sfeir-Semler Gallery and Zeno X Gallery, 2023
Texts by Nils-Arne Kässens and Mounira Al Solh
The ABN AMRO Art Prize is an annual incentive award for art talent in the Netherlands. Mounira Al Solh received the award on March 16, 2023. The prize includes a presentation in the ABN AMRO Kunstruimte, an exhibition in the Hermitage Amsterdam and an accompanying publication. A work by the artist will also be acquired for the ABN AMRO Art Collection.
Mounira Al Solh speaks about her exhibition 'Lovers, Nahawand and Saba' at Zeno X Gallery.
Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp South, Belgium
November 30 - December 17, 2022 & January 11 - January 28, 2023
15th SHARJAH BIENNIAL: THINKING HISTORICALLY IN THE PRESENT
various locations, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
February 7 - June 11, 2023
BUSAN BIENNIAL 2022: WE, ON THE RISING WAVE
Museum of Contemporary Art, Busan, Korea
September 3 - November 6, 2022
A DAY IS AS LONG AS A YEAR
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
April 9 - October 2, 2022
MOUNIRA AL SOLH: 13 APRIL, 13 APRIL, 13 APRIL
Felix Nussbaum Haus, Osnabrück, Germany
December 11, 2021 - November 13, 2022
WIELS, Brussels, Belgium
September 12, 2020 - March 28, 2021
NOTRE MONDE BRÛLE / OUR WORLD IS BURNING
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
February 21, 2020 - September 13, 2020
Mounira Al Solh is now part of the collection of Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. The Museum has acquired two works on canvas from her series "The Mother of David and Goliath".
I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN OUR RIGHT TO BE FRIVOLOUS
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
October 17, 2018 - February 16, 2019
The Art Institute, Chicago, United States of America
February 8, 2018 - April 29, 2018
Hansa Häuser, Kassel, Germany
June 10 - September 17, 2017
Benaki Museum of Islamic Art, Athens, Greece
April 8 - July 16, 2017
Mounira Al Solh, b. 1978 in Beirut (LB), lives and works in Lebanon and the Netherlands.
Mounira Al Solh’s paintings, drawings, performances, textiles, videos and installations narrate the histories and experiences of her extended family and community. These personal stories are often closely interwoven with the political: Al Solh’s work reflects on themes such as migration, identity, language, trauma and feminism. Many of her projects are rooted in a collaborative and socially engaged practice. Al Solh attempts to visualize the oral histories of displaced people, considering storytelling as a record of lived experience. Al Solh also documents the experiences of Arab women by inviting them to engage with her practice through manual labour, letting their traditions and knowledge reflect in the work.
At documenta 14, Al Solh presented a series of portraits entitled 'I Strongly Believe in Our Right to Be Frivolous'. These portraits were made through encounters in Kassel and Athens with Middle Eastern and North African migrants who were making the transition from the status of refugee to permanent resident. Many of the portraits were drawn on yellow legal paper, underlining the bureaucratic procedures involved in migration.
Mounira Al Solh has had solo exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead), Felix Nussbaum Haus (Osnabrück), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Musée National Pablo Picasso (Vallauris), Mathaf (Doha), Alt Art Space (Istanbul), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), Art in General (New York) and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.
Mounira Al Solh participated in the Venice Biennale in 2015 and documenta 14 in 2017. Her work has featured in group shows at WIELS (Brussels), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Haus der Kunst (Munich), New Museum (New York), Kunsthaus Zürich and Tate Modern (London).
Mounira Al Solh joined the gallery in 2022.
Mounira Al Solh
Mounira Al Solh produced the series 13 April, 13 April, 13 April in the context of her solo exhibition at the Felix-Nussbaum-Haus in Osnabrück in 2022. Like Jewish artist Felix Nussbaum, to whom the museum is dedicated, Mounira Al Solh’s life has been marked by war and forced migration. The title of the series refers to 13 April 1975, the first day of the Lebanese Civil War, a war which would continue into the 1990s and whose effects can still be felt today.The series of drawings consists mainly of self-portraits she created during the Covid-19 lockdowns to reflect on identity and life in times of crisis. The Arabic texts present in many works consider the role of women in society, the 2020 explosion in Beirut, street protests and the Lebanese Civil War.A new publication collects the complete series of drawings and the translated texts that Al Solh wrote in and alongside the works.
‘Why is it still all about a poor woman’s body? Why is it OK when a man paints a woman naked, as a muse, but when a woman paints herself it becomes insulting? What is insulting about looking at yourself? (…) I drew self-portraits facing the mirror, undressed. In a society where, as a woman, they think you’d better stay covered. I wanted to rebel. (…) I use my body, my blood is my ink, my ink is never finished. When my blood dries, I will stop the act of drawing.’
Pélagie Gbaguidi created the new series Espace et Langage especially for this exhibition. For her, the works are as much a form of writing as of drawing. Through these drawings, she tries to create space to reflect on the current period of transition of political systems. She comments on the negative impact of monoculture on rural populations as well as the obsession of European museums with the African artefacts in their depots.
Ielles sèment avec le vent refers to the important role of women in nature conservation, education and care. Gbaguidi’s choice to draw on sheets of a botanical encyclopedia also raises questions about care and recovery in a climate of great uncertainty.
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven
Since 1974, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven has been making drawings that emerge from her subconscious. She refuses to find logical meaning in her mindmaps. However, the drawings do enable her to make her perceptions and dreams more tangible. Kalligraphie was the first series of works Van Kerckhoven made upon her return home to Antwerp in 2007, following her residency at DAAD in Berlin and a stay in Shanghai.
‘I like to create series of drawings that are closely associated with the reading of books from different fields that inspire me or tie in with my evolution. I confront the information from the books – both form and content – with my intuitive act of drawing. The essence of the image appears on the paper, straight from my hand, without interference from my brain.’
The drawings in question came into being after consulting books on Giordano Bruno, the structures of atoms and molecules, and an article on Saturn. As the series progressed, certain laws imposed themselves, in terms of approach, method, colour, motifs and use of materials.
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven’s Kalligraphie series was first shown at Manifesta 7 in Trento in 2008. Subsequently, the full series was also presented at Museum M in Leuven in 2010 and at Kunstverein München in 2015.
Mounira Al Solh presents her first solo exhibition at Zeno X Gallery, following an initial presentation of her work in the group exhibition OFF ROAD II in 2021. The exhibition Lovers, Nahawand and Saba consists of new paintings as well as works on paper and a film.
The exhibition evokes images of Beirut’s rich music scene: it flourished in the 1950s and 1960s and then bloomed again after the Lebanese Civil War (1975–90). The paintings conjure up the elated atmosphere that prevailed in the numerous concert halls and cafés, but also refer to the rich film industry from Egypt, Syria and Morocco, in which singers often featured in leading roles.
Al Solh’s exuberant use of colour is reminiscent of the flamboyant, occasionally kitschy sets of Middle Eastern TV shows and concerts. Famous musicians from the Arab world such as Umm Kulthum, Fairuz, Sabah and Samira Tawfik as well as Sabah Fakhri are shown without being literally portrayed; rather, the paintings call up the charisma or aura of the performers and refer to the content of their most famous songs. Just as a certain smell or taste can propel someone to a far-off moment, music can also evoke certain feelings from the past. Fairuz’s songs, for instance, remind Mounira Al Solh of mornings as a child during the Lebanese Civil War; many of Fairuz’s songs are listened to in the Arab world in the morning because both the rhythms and the lyrics have a compelling effect. The painting The Sea, in Love; and the Cockroach Sings also illustrates a personal memory of a committed Egyptian singer her parents met in the 1970s.
‘Nahawand’, ‘Saba’ and ‘Ou’shak’ (playfully translated as ‘Lovers’) are three names of keys used in Arabic, Turkish and Persian music. After all, music transcends linguistic as well as geographical boundaries and brings people together. From Syria and Morocco to Iraq and Sudan, for instance, people know the same live recordings of Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, or Warda and Baligh Hamdi, including the cheers and applause of the audience. The Arabic words and phrases in Al Solh’s paintings are sonic elements which, like the many other visual elements, evoke several associations and lend rhythm to the compositions.
The words can often also be read as voices rising up against injustice. Music played an important role during the Lebanese revolution in 2019. The resistance was mainly led by women and young people, with dancing and singing in the streets as a peaceful form of protest. Music can also help process trauma, such as the recent explosion at the Port of Beirut on 4 August 2020.
The film The Un-Musical Vase is a compilation of self-made clips in which Al Solh dances and sings, as a way to warm up and relax in the studio. To amplify the music in her studio, the artist often uses a vase. The short music videos refer to the ubiquity of dance videos on social media – with technical imperfections – and the way people shared intimate videos with each other during the pandemic. With this work, Al Solh explores the boundaries between the private and public spheres.
Mounira Al Solh (1978) lives and works in the Netherlands and Lebanon. She studied painting at the Lebanese University in Beirut and fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. From 2006 to 2008 she was a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
In 2017 she participated in documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens. In 2022 she had solo exhibitions at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück. Other solo exhibitions took place at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2020), Musée National Pablo Picasso in Vallauris (2020), The Art Institute of Chicago (2018), Mathaf in Doha (2018), Alt Art Space in Istanbul (2016), KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2014), Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow (2013), Art in General in New York (2012) and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2011).
For its second OFF ROAD exhibition, Zeno X Gallery again departs from its regular gallery program to present work by nine international artists who are collaborating with the gallery for the first time.
OFF ROAD II features work by Mounira Al Solh, Troy Michie, Hana Miletić, Kresiah Mukwazhi, Dona Nelson, Lisa Oppenheim, Sara Ouhaddou, Diane Simpson and Zhang Yunyao. A mix of artists from different corners of the world and from different generations, each with their own view and unique way of expressing thoughts and feelings through painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, textile installations and stained-glass windows.
Diane Simpson creates sculptures and drawings that refer to often overlooked elements in clothing and architecture, such as decorative details or accessories like collars, sleeves, wall sconces, hats, and bibs. She works with cardboard, plywood, fiberboard, aluminium and other industrial materials, which she manually transforms into structures that feel almost like three-dimensional drawings. Her creative process involves three steps. She first selects a subject from her personal archive of images taken from sources such as encyclopedias, fashion magazines and catalogues. She then translates the found image into elaborate drawings in pencil on graph paper, rotating her subject at a forty-five-degree angle. The drawing serves as a blueprint for the final sculpture but also exists in its own right. Finally, she renders the drawing into a meticulously hand-crafted three-dimensional sculpture, which balances between the literal and the distorted, the strange and the familiar. For the Apron series (2000–2005), she has chosen to focus on a typically female and domestic garment, and the Peplum works (2014–2016) highlight the flare of fabric attached to the hem of a blouse or dress to accentuate the waist. By placing these marginal subjects in the center of attention, Simpson upends traditional hierarchies and challenges the distinctions between essence and ornament, object and detail, figuration and abstraction.
Diane Simpson was born in 1935 in Joliet, Illinois (US). She lives and works in Chicago. Although she has been active as an artist for the last forty years, she has only obtained critical acclaim in the past decade. Her first solo museum exhibition in Europe was held at the Nottingham Contemporary in 2020. She was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2019. She has had solo exhibitions at the Frey Art Museum in Seattle (2019), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2016), the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (2015), and New York University (2014). Her work can be found in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, M Woods in Beijing, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, KADIST in Paris and San Francisco and the Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Finland, among others.
Hana Miletić uses weaving as a way to speak about care and repair as well as labour and ecology. The works on view in OFF ROAD II are all part of her series Materials (2015–present). In this series she first photographs acts of repair in the urban environment, for instance the repair of a broken window or a damaged car side mirror with bands of tape or plastic. She then replicates the scale, shape and colour of these repairs and translates them into woven artworks. Through the precise and slow process of weaving, she counteracts standardization, automation and the speed of the economy. In OFF ROAD II Miletić presents five works that are inspired by repairs she stumbled upon in the neighborhood around the gallery. In all these works, she used casein milk fibers as a reference to the gallery’s previous function as a milk factory. Moreover, these fibers also bear witness to the artist’s preoccupation with the use of sustainable materials.
Hana Miletić was born in 1982 in Zagreb, Croatia. She lives and works in Brussels. She has had solo exhibitions at Bergen Kunsthall (2021), La Loge in Brussels (2021), and WIELS in Brussels (2018). Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at Museum M in Leuven, the 2017 Sharjah Biennial, Kunsthalle Wien, Kunstverein Hannover, S.M.A.K. in Ghent and BOZAR in Brussels, among others. Miletić is the recipient of the Baloise Art Prize 2021. She will have solo exhibitions at MUDAM in Luxemburg and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka (both 2022).
Lisa Oppenheim’s work is often inspired by the materiality and history of photography. Through extensive online and archival research, she mines obscure or forgotten images which she repurposes and transforms using historical and contemporary techniques. In her practice, she investigates and continues the experimental tradition of photography, which allows her to engage openly with both materials and ideas. By readdressing historical images in a contemporary context, she reflects on how objects and events accumulate meaning over time.
Oppenheim’s starting point for Stilleben (Version I) (1942/2021) was a poorly lit photograph she found in the German National Archives of a still life painting that was looted from a Jewish family in 1942 and presumably destroyed in a bombing in 1943. Using her smoke technique, Oppenheim exposed the negative to the light of a flame and then solarized it in her darkroom. In her work, fire has become a generative force allowing not for a recreation of what was lost but, rather, the creation of a new artwork based on what was left.
For her ongoing Heliogram series, Oppenheim creates photographic negatives from historical images of the sun and exposes them to natural sunlight. For her newest work in the series, Solar Effect in the Clouds-Ocean (Version III) (1856/2021), Oppenheim has translated a technique developed by Gustave Le Gray, an important early French photographer. As early film emulsions were unable to capture the range of light from both sky and sea at the same time, Le Gray took separate exposures, when light levels were ideal for either scape, which he printed simultaneously on a single page, reuniting the image. Similarly, Oppenheim has created photo negatives from the digital archives of Le Gray’s images, exposed them separately at different times during the day and then tiled them to form a single image.
Lisa Oppenheim was born in 1975 in New York (US), where she currently lives and works. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2018), the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2017), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (2015), Kunstverein in Hamburg (2014) and Grazer Kunstverein, (2014). Her work is held in the permanent collections of The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, among others.
Dona Nelson’s practice and stylistic expression have changed multiple times over the past fifty years. Nelson has displayed a commitment to the exploration and expansion of painting, which led to her two-sided freestanding paintings. She engages the viewer in a physical dialogue with these paintings, which demand to be looked at from both sides, offering different perspectives. The audience is drawn to the canvas, seeking proximity to the texture and depth, which Nelson achieves by using cheesecloth, painted string, acrylic paint and stitches on the linen canvas. Nelson creates paintings in a traditional format but she rejects the concept of painting as a window to the world, choosing to focus instead on movement, colour and materiality.
Dona Nelson was born in 1947 in Grand Island, Nebraska (US). She lives and works in New York (US). In 1968, she graduated with a BFA from Ohio State University and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York. She has been creating art for the past five decades. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial of 2014 in New York, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, MoMA PS1 in New York, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Her work is included in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among others.
MOUNIRA AL SOLH
Mounira Al Solh works within different media such as painting, drawing, performance and installation. Her works narrate the histories and experiences of her broad family and community but also of the people she encounters. At Documenta 14, she presented a series of portraits of Middle Eastern and North African migrants who were no longer able to live in their countries because of wars and climate change. In her painting practice, Al Solh often attempts to visualize the oral histories of (displaced) individuals. Buried Alive was created in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion in 2020 but is also a dedication to unjustly imprisoned Lebanese, Syrian and Egyptian women. The Kiss of the Revolution: Pickled references a trend of kissing on the streets of Beirut as an act of activism after the protests in 2019 as well as a traditional Lebanese and Syrian way of pickling eggplants with walnuts practiced by her Syrian grandmother. “I don’t consider this an insult.” is a self-portrait, framed in a typical decorative motif referencing early Byzantine paintings and Islamic ornamentation. It could be a metaphor for the empowering actions of women and people of the LGBTQ community during the recent revolution in Lebanon, which was responded to with arrests and killings. The Arabic texts that are usually present in her work can be read as voices shouting out confronting injustice and sexism among other things, and they are integral in the paintings and give them rhythm.
Mounira Al Solh was born in 1978 in Beirut, Lebanon. She lives and works in Lebanon and the Netherlands. She studied painting at the University of Beirut and fine art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She will have a solo show at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück in 2022. Previously she had solo exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2020), the Art Institute of Chicago (2018), Alt in Istanbul (2016), KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2014), the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow (2013), Art in General in New York (2012) and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2011). Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2020), Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (2020), Carré d’Art - Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes (2018), Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel (2017), the 56th Venice Biennial (2015), the New Museum in New York (2014) and the 11th International Istanbul Biennial (2009).
Sara Ouhaddou’s practice is informed by the experience of growing up between different cultures. Her work addresses the various challenges facing artisan communities and investigates how art can be wielded as an instrument for economic, social and cultural change. Ouhaddou often works together with craftsmen in Morocco, establishing a process of knowledge exchange. She confronts craftsmanship as well as her heritage with the codes of contemporary art in order to reveal the unknown and forgotten stories and realities of the communities she works with. The Arabic language is a significant theme in her work. She dissects the Arabic letters into abstract symbols, turning it into a language of its own, illegible to readers of Arabic but clearly reminiscent of Arabic. Just like the weavings in a Berber carpet can be deciphered, so do alphabets reveal the history of identities. Ouhaddou shows the range of this new language in her drawings, silkscreens and stained-glass windows on view in OFF ROAD II. Aside from the recoded alphabet, her works also reference Islamic geometry, architectural elements and decorative patterns from different North African cultures.
Sara Ouhaddou was born in 1986 in Draguignan, France. She lives and works between France and Morocco. Her work has been exhibited at the Mucem in Marseille (2021), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid (2021), La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse (2021), Z33 in Hasselt (2021), Manifesta 13 in Marseille (2020), the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2020), Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2020), Crac Occitanie in Sète (2020), Institut des Cultures d’Islam in Paris (2018) and Bauhaus in Dessau (2017), among others.
Through his work, Troy Michie examines questions of race, identity and gender by focusing on the representation as well as the perception of the Brown and Black male body and the racialization of fashion. In his collages, Michie assembles and juxtaposes a variety of sources ranging from fabric scraps and thread to clippings from tailoring magazines and vintage pornography fetishizing Black and Brown men. He also incorporates painted materials and drawings into his works.
For OFF ROAD II, Michie has created two new works, Did I Do That and Grayscale. These multilayered, almost abstract collages combine clippings of Black nude models with prints referencing the zoot suit, a recurrent motif in Michie’s work, which is connected to the history of his hometown, El Paso, Texas. Much like this border community, Michie sees his collages as an amalgamation of different cultures. The zoot suit, a flamboyant and often striped garment, was popular among Black and Latino men in the United States in the 1940s. Central to its history are the Zoot Suit Riots: a wave of racially motivated violence that took place in Los Angeles in 1943 when white servicemen attacked a group of Mexican American zoot suiters. Michie has covered up the models and has cut and woven the magazine pages back together. By adding stitches, he brings in the language of drawing but he also makes a poetic gesture in an attempt to reunite and heal. Throughout his work, Michie subverts the fetishizing gaze upon these Brown bodies and creates an intimate atmosphere, providing nuance to these anonymous figures. The sensuality remains but becomes more complex and humanizing.
Troy Michie was born in 1985 in El Paso, Texas (US). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Michie earned a BFA from the University of Texas and an MFA from Yale School of Arts. His solo exhibition at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles is scheduled to open in February 2022. Michie has participated in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. His work is included in a group exhibition at the Momentary (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art) in Arkansas. Other recent group exhibitions were held at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, the Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast, the Shed in New York, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the New Museum in New York, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York, the Artist’s Institute in New York and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
Kresiah Mukwazhi takes her own experiences in nightclubs and her encounters with sex workers as the main sources of inspiration for her work. She criticizes the conditions in which sex workers have to operate as well as the mechanisms that forced them into this precarious labour. Her creative practice is expressed through mixed media textile collages, the fabrics often brightly coloured and cheap seem as if they have their own stories to tell. Mukwazhi also uses clothing and wigs from the women she meets and interviews. Hondo Mbishi and Nyenyedzi Nomwe are both created with brassiere straps collected from sex workers, still carrying the energy of their previous owner. Her work is an act of care towards these women, offering humanization and understanding for their lived experiences. Mukwazhi’s work engages the audience in an act of voyeurism. It is seductive yet confrontational and explicit without being degrading.
Kresiah Mukwazhi was born in 1992 in Harare, Zimbabwe. She lives and works in Harare and Cape Town. She is a graduate of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Visual Art School. Her work has been shown at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare, Iziko Museums in Cape Town, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town and the Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra, among others.
Using non-traditional media and surfaces such as graphite and felt, Zhang Yunyao explores the language of painting and the intersections of historical and individual memory. Depictions of biblical and mythological characters and scenes are important sources of inspiration that are re-woven into his images. By incorporating felt as the support for the medium of his paintings, Zhang attempts to explore the unfixed meaning of emotions and desires. Felt is lightweight and not absorbent, so liquid pigments meet little resistance on its surface and spread out in unpredictable ways. In contrast to the unpredictability of his materials, every approach in Zhang’s work is carefully calculated, and even the smallest lines and dots are meticulously thought out before he starts the piece. Zhang is hypersensitive to the subtle variations of graphite and the psychological effect of such variations, which is why his work often features black with a sheen of silver. Up close, the gloss presents as full, rich granules of pigment, evoking a strong tactile experience. On the whole, it speaks a textural language of lustre, skin and flesh.
Zhang Yunyao was born in Shanghai, China in 1985. He lives and works between Shanghai and Paris. His works have been widely exhibited in various institutions such as the Watou Arts Festival in Belgium (2021), Musée Fenaille in Rodez (2021), chi K11 Art Museum in Shanghai (2016), CAFA Art Museum in Beijing (2015) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (2013). He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Marguo in Paris (2020), Palace of Extasy at Qiao Space in Shanghai (2019), Skin Gesture Body at Don Gallery in Shanghai (2017), Nec Spe, Nec Metu at Perrotin Gallery in Hong Kong (2017), After Evensong at Don Gallery in Shanghai (2015), Touch Point at 01100001 Gallery in Beijing (2013), Mirage at Don Gallery in Shanghai (2013) and Paradbox at Don Gallery in Shanghai (2011).
Anh TrầnSearching the Sky for Dreams (And the night was dark and it illuminated the night)2023acrylic, oil and Flashe (vinyl paint) on linen244 x 366 cm
Marlene DumasPortrait of Jack Whitten2023oil on canvas60 x 50 cm
Miriam CahnSoldat1997oil on canvas30 x 22 cm
Miriam CahnRoh1998oil on canvas100 x 95 cm
Miriam CahnLanghaariger1998oil on canvas80 x 46 cm
Moshekwa LangaEmergence2022 - 2023coffee grounds, alabastine, acrylic paint, pigment, paint lacquer, ink, soil and collage on paper155 x 160 cm
Moshekwa LangaNtotoke2020 - 2023Indian ink, acrylic paint, iridescent pigment, pigment and ink on paper162 x 122 cm
Moshekwa LangaNandemone2020 - 2023Indian ink, acrylic paint, iridescent pigment, pigment and ink on paper162 x 122 cm
Jack WhittenSoul Map2015acrylic on canvas114,3 x 488,7 cm
Leah Ke Yi ZhengFusée (sanity)2023acrylic, ink, bleach on silk over mahogany stretcher213 x 160 cm
Leah Ke Yi ZhengUntitled (fusée)2023pigments and acrylic on silk over mahogany stretcher29,8 x 25,4 cm
Leah Ke Yi ZhengUntitled (Helmut Kolle)2023pencil and ink on silk over mahogany stretcher22,9 x 17,8 cm
Leah Ke Yi ZhengNo.162023oil on silk over mahogany stretcher98,4 x 73,7 cm
Mary HeilmannThe Glass Bottomed Boat1995oil on canvas152,5 x 120 cm
Mary HeilmannJohngiorno1995oil on canvas196 x 146 cm
Rosalind NashashibiHeavy Moth2022oil on linen120 x 150,5 cm
Rosalind NashashibiPunch in Love (She’s Getting Stronger)2023oil on linen110 x 85 cm
Dan ZhuTake off and run2022 - 2023acrylic on paper287 x 456 cm
Dan ZhuMountains2023pigment and watercolor on birch panel50 x 40 cm
Dan ZhuEars speak2023watercolour on paper70 x 99 cm
Sanya KantarovskyFather2023oil on linen40,6 x 30,5 cm
Mounira Al SolhMusic Cover of an Inexistent Song2023collage, pen, ink, soft pastels and oil on canvas24 x 18 cm
Mounira Al SolhMusic Cover of an Inexistent Song2023collage, pen, ink, soft pastels and oil on canvas23,8 x 18 cm
Strauss Bourque-LaFranceAfter the Witches of Spa2023acrylic, Flashe (vinyl paint), graphite, canvas collage and adhesives on canvas203,2 x 193 cm
Strauss Bourque-LaFranceServing in the Swell2023acrylic, Flashe (vinyl paint), graphite, canvas collage and adhesives on canvas203,2 x 193 cm
Mounira Al SolhShe Woke up the Radio2022oil on canvas86 x 68 cm
Mounira Al SolhPassion Teapots and the Birth of Al Hamza, On Fire2023oil, charcoal, pencil, pigment and turmeric on canvas119 x 171,5 cm
Photo: Peter CoxCourtesy Zeno X Gallery, AntwerpSoul Mapping - installation view
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020ink, blood and pencil on paper41,2 x 29,3 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020ink, coloured pencil and pen on paper21,1 x 27,3 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020ink on paper21, x 29,4 cm
Pélagie GbaguidiLes éléphants demandent une sépulture2023wax pastel and coloured pencil on paper36,7 x 55 cm
Pélagie GbaguidiGuerre et sentiments2023wax pastel and coloured pencil on paper36,7 x 55 cm
Pélagie GbaguidiEtrange grenier2023wax pastel and coloured pencil on paper36,7 x 55 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020ink, blood and watercolour on paper21,4 x 27,4 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020ink, watercolour and pencil on paper21,4 x 50,3 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020blood, henna and pencil on paper28 x 30,8 cm
Mounira Al Solh13 April, 13 April, 13 April2020ink, watercolour and pen on paper(27,4 x 21,6 cm) + (27,2 x 21,1 cm)
Pélagie GbaguidiTrame et Relation2023wax pastel and coloured pencil on paper27,5 x 36,7 cm
Pélagie GbaguidiIelles sèment avec le vent2023wax pastel and coloured pencil on pape
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 1 (Calligraphy 1)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 2 (Calligraphy 2)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 3 (Calligraphy 3)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 4 (Calligraphy 4)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 5 (Calligraphy 5)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 6 (Calligraphy 6)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 7 (Calligraphy 7)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 8 (Calligraphy 8)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 9 (Calligraphy 9)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 10 (Calligraphy 10)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 11 (Calligraphy 11)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 12 (Calligraphy 12)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 13 (Calligraphy 13)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 14 (Calligraphy 14)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Anne-Mie Van KerckhovenKalligraphie 15 (Calligraphy 15)2007 - 2008mixed media on paper27 x 36 cm
Photo: Peter CoxCourtesy Zeno X Gallery, AntwerpInstallation view
Mounira Al SolhSheikh Imam as Seen by2022oil on canvas45 x 35 cm
Photo: Sang-tae KimCourtesy of Busan Biennale Organizing CommitteeInstallation view Mounira Al Solh
Photo: Sang-tae KimCourtesy of Busan Biennale Organizing CommitteeInstallation view Grace Schwindt
Photo: Rob HarrisCourtesy the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary ArtInstallation view
Photo: Kerstin HehmannCourtesy the artist and Felix Nussbaum HausInstallation view
Photo: Kerstin HehmannCourtesy the artist and Felix Nussbaum HouseInstallation view
Diane SimpsonDrawing for Peplum II2014 - 2015graphite and coloured pencil on graph paper45,7 x 50,8 cm
Hana MiletićMaterials2021hand-woven and Jacquard-woven textile (apricot orange cotton-silk, carrot-coloured peace silk, dark apricot recycled polyamide, pumpkin orange felt, tangerine orange milk fiber, white milk fiber and white repurposed polyester)10 x 25 x 4 cm
Diane SimpsonApron IV2002enamel, aluminium, industrial fiber, vinyl mesh172,3 x 48,3 x 31,6 cm
Diane SimpsonPeplum II2014high density foamboard, enamel, linen canvas, coloured pencil, paint marker, aluminium142,2 x 45,7 x 45,7 cm
Lisa OppenheimStilleben (Version I) (1942/2021)2021silver gelatin photographs exposed to firelight9 x (40 x 30 cm)
Hana MiletićMaterials2021hand-knit, hand-woven and Jacquard-woven textile (carrot-coloured peace silk, dark apricot recycled cotton, dark orange raw wool and hemp, pale orange milk fiber, peach organic cotton, tangerine orange milk fiber, white milk fiber and white repurposed ...165 x 105 x 2 cm
Hana MiletićMaterials2021hand-knit and hand-woven textile (black milk fiber, black recycled nylon, beige milk fiber, brown-gray organic wool, red peace silk and variegated blue-silver metal yarn)30 x 6 x 3 cm
Dona NelsonMagdelena Lane2016acrylic and acrylic medium on canvas236,2 x 214,7 cm
Lisa OppenheimSolar Effect in the Clouds-Ocean (Version III) (1856/2021)2021silver toned black and white silver gelatin photographs exposed to sunlight4 x (34,4 x 46,7 x 3,8 cm)
Sara OuhaddouCeramics of Oriental and African origin2020silkscreen on cotton290 x 150 cm
Sara OuhaddouUntitled2020silkscreen on cotton330 x 160 cm
Dona NelsonPlatform2017collage, dyed cheesecloth, muslin and acrylic mediums on linen, mounted on plywood base207 x 91,5 x 12,7 cm
Hana MiletićMaterials2021hand-woven and Jacquard-woven textile (ash gray eucalyptus yarn, ash gray recycled plastic and cotton, pale gray milk fiber, silver peace silk and white milk fiber)16 x 38 x 1,5 cm
Hana MiletićMaterials2021hand-woven and Jacquard-woven textile (ash gray eucalyptus cord, ash gray recycled plastic and cotton, pale gray milk fiber, silver peace silk, silver spray-painted recycled paper and white milk fiber)57 x 48 x 1 cm
Sara OuhaddouAl Kalima #12020pigments on Japanese paper109 x 78 cm
Sara OuhaddouAl Kalima #52020pigments on Japanese paper109 x 78 cm
Sara OuhaddouAl Kalima #42020pigments on Japanese paper109 x 78 cm
Troy MichieGrayscale2021cut magazine, cut paper, grahpite and polyester thread on paper8 x (28 x 21 cm)
Troy MichieDid I Do That2021cut magazine, acrylic, ink and photograph on paper35,5 x 28 cm
Kresiah MukwazhiNyenyedzi Nomwe2021bra straps on timber frame140 x 90 cm
Kresiah MukwazhiHondo Mbishi2021bra straps on timber frame140 x 90 cm
Kresiah MukwazhiMurungu Anoisa Katsvimbo Mandiri2021acrylic and fabric paint, fabric, bra straps and mixed media on spandex satin290 x 300 cm
Sara Ouhaddou"You who travel with the wind, what weathervane shall direct your course?" The Prophet, Khalil Gibran2017stained glass windows5 x (50 x 80 cm)
Zhang YunyaoBulge2021graphite on felt130 x 100 cm
Zhang YunyaoW & W2021graphite on felt38 x 51 cm
Zhang YunyaoRear2021graphite on felt53 x 43 cm
Zhang YunyaoZ & X2021graphite on felt38 x 54 cm
Zhang YunyaoBottom2021graphite on felt40 x 45 cm
Photo: Peter CoxCourtesy Zeno X Gallery - AntwerpInstallation view
Photo: Sébastien BozonCourtesy of La Kunsthalle MulhouseInstallation view
Photo: Sébastien BozonCourtesy of La Kunsthalle Mulhouse
Photo: Eleonora StranoCourtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Beirut/Hamburg)Installation view
Photo: Mathias VölzkeInstallation view Pélagie Gbaguidi
Photo: Mathias VölzkeCourtesy the artistInstallation view Pélagie Gbaguidi
Photo: Yiannis HadjiaslanisCourtesy the artistInstallation view Mounira Al Solh
Photo: Fred DottCourtesy the artistInstallation view Mounira Al Solh
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, Tunisia
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Saradar Art Collection, Beirut, Lebanon
S.M.A.K. Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
“Mounira Al Solh: Lovers, Nahawand and Saba”
GalleryViewer, article by Flor Linckens (online)
“De beste ochtendkoffie liedjes van Fairouz. Een gesprek met Mounira Al Solh”
<H>ART Magazine, no. 230, article by Philip Van den Bossche
“Mounira Al Solh: How to Live Musically”
www.ocula.com, conversation with Stephanie Bailey (online)
“Mounira Al Solh. Embroidering a monument to women’s stories and sorrow”
ArtForum, interview with Juliana Halpert (online)
“Mounira Al Solh in Chicago. Het recht om frivool te zijn /I Strongly Believe in Our Right to Be Frivolous”
Metropolis M, interview with Yasmijn Jarram (p.88-91)
Metropolis M “Life & Work”, no.1
“Brief Encounters, Enduring Portraits of the Displaced; Mounira Al Solh”
The New York Times, article by Jori Finkel (online)
“Mounira Al Solh: I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous”
ArtForum, Vol. 56, no.5, article by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie
“An Artist’s Homage to Family Histories and Feminism in Beirut”
www.hyperallergic.com, article by Kirsten O’Regan
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz KönigCologne, Germany, 2023104 pages, ISBN 9783753304366
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern ArtDoha, Qatar, 2018191 pages, ISBN 9789927108457
Koenig Books Ltd.London, United Kingdom, 2013ISBN 9783863353995
Stichting Rijksacademie van beeldende kunstenAmsterdam, Netherlands, 201156 pages, ISBN 9789078681120