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Mounira al Solh / Sarah Forrest - CCA, Glasgow

September 28th-November 9th
Thinking local and acting globally is increasingly becoming the CCA's raison d'etre. No more is this evident than in these twin solo shows by two very different artists working in film. Glasgow-based Forrest looks to Jean Paul Sartre's novel, 'Nausea' to question notions of narrative between film and text she first explored after being awarded the Margaret Tait Residency in 2012, which resulted in Forrest's film homage to Tait, that now. Al Solh, meanwhile, follows on from Dinosaurs, an investigation of independent American film-maker John Cassavetes, with an exploration of the recent Syrian immigration to Beirut following the civil war in a work that couldn't be more current.

With both artists questioning the very notion of how such big ideas can be represented on film, and with a sense of place at the heart of their work, a programme of older film-works by both artists will also be screened alongside the two new commissions. This will feature two films by Forrest, including (+italics)that now(-italics), and five by al Solh in a programme lasting just shy of three hours. While coming from different places and experiences, the common ground between both artists should become vividly apparent.

The List, October 2013


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