May 04, 2020 • Mounira Al Sohl

As people around the world stay indoors to curb the spread of Covid-19, Artforum has invited artists to share a drawing—however they would like to define the word—made in self-isolation. Check back each day this week for a new work by a different artist.

  • Mounira Al Solh, Self-Portrait, 2020, mixed media on paper.
    Twenty years ago in Beirut, I drew myself each time I smoked as a way to encourage myself to quit. Since the quarantine, I began drawing myself again. The one with the tongue out pretends that I smoked a Hashish cigarette on April 13, the memorial of the Lebanese Civil War. This year, the government was speaking about legalizing it again, as the country is boiling with revolution and the economic crash. Meanwhile, I’m confined in the Netherlands and unable to travel to my family in Beirut. As a mother, I refuse to let my daughter grow up under the same rulers who made and profited from the war, but I accept that my body is changing. After I turned forty, I felt much more free to accept age, death, and sickness. Now, people are unable to see their parents and grandparents, or bury their beloved. This has always been happening somewhere; I see some similarities with my childhood during the civil war. So being stuck or forced in confinement can be normality for someone like me. Take a puff or a sip of beer. And drink plenty of water. It is a pleasure to forget if it’s Monday or Friday.
  • Mounira Al Solh, Self-Portrait, 2020, mixed media on paper.Mounira Al Solh, Self-Portrait, 2020, mixed media on paper.

— Mounira Al Sohl

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