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Mounira al-Solh

The Ventriloquist’s Humor

By Nat Muller

MOUNIRA AL-SOLH, Video 2: Paris without a Sea, 2007–08, video, 13 min, 

from "The Sea is a Stereo" project. Courtesy the artist.

A pair of dainty, pointy-toed red shoes click-clacks across the messy floor of an artist’s studio. Their pace accelerates, giving the impression that their owner is trying to run away from something. Flashing texts superimposed on the video images indicate that the video’s creator, Lebanese artist Mounira al-Solh, is incapable of living up to the expectations heaped on cultural producers from…

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