At The Table with Mounira Al Solh

At The Table with Mounira Al Solh

Joined by Rachel Dedman, Sarah Mady
and Amak Mahmoodian

22 November 2023
19:00 GMT
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Presented in partnership with British Council Wales, Artes Mundi presents our free At The Table talks series for AM10. 



The second panel discussion for this edition presents artist Mounira Al Solh in conversation with Rachel Dedman, the Jameel Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East at the V&A Archeologist Sarah Mady and artist Amak Mahmoodian. 



The At The Table series brings together the voices of the seven AM10 artists alongside those of international curators, artists, historians, thinkers and writers in a series of roundtable discussions. The talks will centre on themes and ideas present in the artist’s work and the interwoven relationship between histories and practices, locally to internationally. 



Imagining we are sitting around a table sharing conversation and exchanging ideas, this event is a chance to hear different concerns and perspectives while getting to know the artist and their work. 



The talk will be interpreted in BSL and live captions will be provided.  

Credit: Mounira Al Solh


Credit: Sarah Mady

Credit: Amak Mahmoodian

Mounira Al Solh (b 1978, Lebanon, lives and works between Beirut and Amsterdam) has had exhibitions at Museumsquartier Osnabrück, Germany (2022); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2022); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2020); Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai (2018); Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2018); and The Art Institute Chicago (2018).  



Rachel Dedman is the Jameel Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East at the V&A, London, where she curates the triennial Jameel Prize exhibition and runs residency and commissioning programmes for artists. From 2013-19, Rachel was an independent curator based in Beirut, Lebanon, where she curated exhibitions for institutions, galleries and biennials across the Middle East, including Ashkal Alwan, Sursock Museum, and Beirut Art Centre. Rachel is a specialist of textiles and embroidery, and the author of two books on this subject. Following on from a series of exhibitions for the Palestinian Museum, West Bank, she curated Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery for Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, and The Whitworth, Manchester, in 2023/24. She is co-curating the State of Fashion Biennale in the Netherlands in 2024.



Sarah Mady has a PhD in Anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research interests encompass the archaeologies of motherhood, the impact of colonial archaeology, and the anthropology of religion and magic in the Eastern Mediterranean. She is based in NJ/NY and conducted her fieldwork is Lebanon, her country of origin. She is a lecturer at Fordham University, NY and an adjunct lecturer at Montclair State University, NJ.



Amak Mahmoodian (b.1980, Shiraz, Iran) is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and educator. She began her career as research – based photographer in Iran in 2003 at the Art University of Tehran. Since 2007, she has been living in UK and in 2015, she completed a practice-based doctorate in photography at the University of South Wales. Working with photography, text, video, drawing and archives at the intersection of conceptual and documentary photography, Amak’s artistic practice explores the presentation of gender, identity and displacement, bridging a space between the personal and political. She has published two books, Shenasnameh ( RRB- ICV Lab, 2016) which was shortlisted for The First Author book award Rencontres Arles and Zanjir (RRB, 2019) which was the winner of The Best Photo Text book award Rencontres Arles.



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