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Panel Discussion: Living Histories from Syria, Lebanon, and the Middle East

April 29, 2018
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission, registration required

At the core of Mounira Al Solh''s exhibition I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous is a commitment to oral history and living archives, privileging personal stories of loss, conflict, and hope over mainstream narratives on the Syrian revolution and subsequent civil war. Collecting various voices that have captured the experience of mass-displacement and migration in artistic and scholarly projects, this panel is about building histories that continue to shift everyday.

Mounira Al Solh shares her experience on making the work that is presently exhibited at the Art Institute and engages in a conversation with Wendy Pearlman, associate professor of political science, Northwestern University, and author of We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled, and Hanin Ghaddar, Friedmann Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute and longtime editor of NOW, Lebanon. 

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Mounira Al Solh. I strongly believe in our right to be frivolous, 2012–ongoing. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut / Hamburg.