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Image: Mounira Al Solh Paper Speakers 2020, hand and machine stitched embroidery. Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut Hamburg

Mounira Al Solh might just be the epitome of what we think of when we hear the term ‘multidisciplinary artist’. Her work spans a huge variety of media, from paintings and work on paper to embroidery, films and performances. It’s an approach that has seen her showcasing her work all across the globe. Her latest exhibition, A Day Is As Long As A Year, showcases both new and recent works and is showing at Gateshead’s BALTIC from Saturday 9th April until Sunday 2nd October. Al Solh uses her multi-faceted craft to explore the impact of war and oppression on people living in the Middle East.

In this series of works, Al Solh draws on her personal conversations and experiences with people who have been affected by conflicts in Syria, Lebanon and the wider Middle East. Through this, she explores themes of displacement and uncertainty, with a particular focus on the struggles women in the region face. The works range from intimate sketches and writing on sheets of lined paper, to larger canvases and a parasol installation that doubles as a tent (one of the pieces that show off an occasionally humorous side to this otherwise heart-rending topic). Through the exhibition, Al Solh illuminates the crucial place of oral histories in bringing the stories of the oppressed into focus.

Mounira Al Solh: A Day Is As Long As A Year is at BALTIC, Gateshead from Saturday 9th April until Sunday 2nd October.

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