The film, whose title translates as ‘to the health of allies’, narrates layers of parallel events in Lebanon and Syria during the pan-Arab Nasserite movement of the 1950s and 60s. Made from 2003–16 and told from the different perspective of the artist’s relatives, opinions and recollections of the same incidents begin to contradict each other, mixing personal and political events to reveal time as three-dimensional rather than linear.
Mounira Al Solh (b. 1978, Beirut. Lives in Beirut and Zutphen, NL) traces the movement of stories to reflect upon her personal history and those of the people she encounters in order to consider how social and political themes are grounded in daily life.
As one of four artists commissioned to produce new work for VII (2017–18), Mounira Al Solh furthers her interest in biography and oral histories as a means to think through the Lebanese Civil War and the contemporary Syrian Civil War, employing diverse mediums—video, performative gestures, painting and embroidery—to do so.
Featuring: Waad Amer, Hanin Ghaddar, Rogine Hassan, Zeina Mansour with Abdallah Ali Alsayed, Ali Ali Alsayed, Fatat Ali Alsayed, Nouran Breem, Ramy Ghanem, Tone Hansen, Dalshad Hassan, Bilal Khbeiz, Nabil Mohammad, Nader Omid, Nabeeh Semaan, Mounira Al Solh, Hussein Tabarai, Siddhi Tettero, Ronald Verweij
Camera: Ben Geraerts, Frida Marzouk, Temra Pavlovic, Mounira Al Solh
Sound: Kristian Dmitri, Bodil Furu, Tumelo Maesela, Mounira Al Solh
Producer: Frédérique Bergholtz
Co-commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam
€5 adults / students