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Before that, I was painting how they slaughter cows ... I went to the [Beirut slaughter house], filmed inside and made paintings from it".When this paper began covering her work, Solh (b. 1978) was cast as an up-and-coming video artist with a playful sense of humor. Near the end of "The Mother of David and Goliath," her third solo show at Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Solh sat with The Daily Star to discuss things.A series of tent-like structures are embroidered with texts -- the Arabic terms for the various stages of the day (as compiled by the 11th-century scholar Abu Mansour al-Thaalibi), as well as women's personal narratives and depictions of endangered animals.Reflecting on "Mother," Solh describes the relationship between three works in the gallery foyer.Solh says her paintings were inspired by the stories of militant women she's known that faced arrest as well as works by women writers, particularly Najwa Barakat's 1996 book "Bas al-Awadem" (Bus of Good People).For Solh, Barakat has restaged a typical David and Goliath moment, but with a female protagonist.
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