Mounira Al Solh: I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous

Sponsor Tour and Luncheon

Tour & Luncheon

Please join us for the Society for Contemporary Art’s annual Sponsor Tour, which recognizes the special commitment and generosity of Sponsor, Patron, and Benefactor members and provides an opportunity for our board to thank you for your extraordinary support over the past season. This year Hendrik Folkerts, Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Jordan Carter, assistant curator of contemporary art, lead a tour of the exhibition Mounira Al Solh: I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous.


Mounira Al Solh’s ongoing drawing and embroidery series is a timely response to the humanitarian and political crises in Syria and the Middle East. Begun in 2012 as a series of portraits—or, as Al Solh prefers to call them, “time documents”—the now hundreds of drawings emerge from deeply personal encounters and conversations between the artist and Syrian refugees as well as others from the Middle East who were forcibly displaced to Lebanon, Europe, the United States, and others parts of the world. I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous not only reflects the oral histories, personal narratives, and collective memories that Al Solh preserves and shares but serves as a point of access to the artist’s own biography and her memories of Syria and Lebanon.


Sponsored by Christie’s

Mounira Al Solh, I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous, 2012–ongoing. Mixed media drawing on legal paper, 8 ½ x 14 inches. Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut / Hamburg.