We are delighted to present a double solo show by Amsterdam artist Mounira al Solh and Glasgow artist Sarah Forrest. The show attempts to bring together, as well as separate, the two artistic practices and shows a wide body of existing work alongside presenting two new commissions.
Where Sarah Forrest tries to question narration of the voice by asking where text ends and film begins, Mounira al Solh attempts to draw from a complicated influx of Syrian people in Beirut due to the recent civil war. Can we find something common in these seemingly unrelated topics?
After being awarded the Margaret Tait Residency in summer 2012, Forrest produced the film that now, a concentrated homage to influential Orkney filmmaker Margaret Tait. Sharing poetic understanding of cinema, she dissected some of the most crucial elements in Tait’s approach to filmmaking, offering an insight into the magical ingredients at play in Tait’s films and treating these as her own. Her new commission draws from some of these conclusions and evaluates them by picking up Jean Paul Sartre’s novel Nausea.
Living and working between Beirut and Amsterdam, al Solh takes off from her filmic installation Dinosaurs, an investigation around American cult director John Cassavetes, against the social backdrop of Beirut. The new and sketchy work takes the recent Syrian immigration to Beirut following the civil war as a condition of social and personal recognition and asks if, how and when this can be represented by film.