Mina El Shourouk Ila Al Fahma

  • 2019
  • Mounira Al Solh
  • wood, metal, rope (parasol frame, pulley system, foot), embroidered linen, audio
  • (max.) 270 x 350 x 350 cm
  • Location not on view.
  • Acquired in 2021
  • Inventory number 3598
  • Met steun van / with support of Stichting Promotors Van Abbemuseum Borduurwerk gerealiseerd met hulp van / embroidery work realised with the assistance of: Sitt Souad el Bitar, Sitt Noura Matar, Zeina Chakkour, Louise Boutan, Sitt Houda Wahhab Stem / voice: Rima Khcheich Met dank aan / special thanks to: Salam Shokor, Jihad Shokor, David Badawi, Balsam Bouzzour, Sabine Chaaban, Léa Chikhani, Abu Sakhra, Maysam el Hindi, Joumana Seikaly, Jacques Aswad, Chaza Charafeddine, Rana Issa, Hanan Bdeir El Solh, Jana Saleh and Sfeir-Seler Gallery in Beirut.

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Mounira Al Solh (1978 Beirut) made this tent in response to an Arab canopy of the Shah of Persia (1834-1848) that is richly decorated. With this space - originally reserved for men - power and wealth were conveyed.

When you enter the red tent ‘Lackadaisical Sunset to Sunset’ (2019) by Mounira, you will see mountain animals, plant motifs and stylized female organs embroidered on the canvas. Stories can be read all around - in a series of medallions at eye level. For example, Rawiya, a ten-year-old girl who, as a woman, was not allowed to camp with the men in her family. Their previous stories about wild boars, foxes and rock badgers had sparked her curiosity to such an extent that she secretly hitched a ride in the back of her father and brothers' bus. With this action she forced her participation in this men's outing.

The artist wants to share with us stories about women who survive a system of inequality with humor, solidarity and determination. "A tent also became, for me, like a library," she explains, "like a little reading room, where you can read those stories and save them from being forgotten."

The names of the hours are embroidered in the tent roof in Arabic calligraphy. Through a speaker you can hear the voice of the Lebanese singer Rima Khcheich, she reads the hours of the day. This refers to the biological clock and the ticking of time.

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