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It has been said that the meaning of a piece of art may vary depending on where it's exhibited.Is art capable of mutable readings? Does art require the onlooker to be as informed about what underlies a work as the artist who created it?"Mother Tongues" is the 30-something artist's first major Beirut exhibition since her 2011 solo debut, "Exhibition No. 17," which saw her work share the gallery halls with Wael Shawky's "Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show File". Four of the five pieces hung here depict Lebanese politicians in the midst of fictive encounters with contemporary art.Such wit is a familiar feature in Solh's practice, yet "Reclining Man" suggests a departure from the work in her 2011 show. Like some other artists of her generation whose work has sidestepped the Civil War, Solh's work has seldom hinged on viewers knowing Lebanon's political obscurities. Though lamentably few contemporary art lovers have read Beydoun's works in Arabic, anyone with the mobile app for Hans Wehr's Arabic-English dictionary can enjoy the wordplay of these lovely objects as much the form.
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