Moheb Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest whose work often deals with nature, modernity, identity, and belonging through writing, performance, and installation projects. In the past few years, he has been exploring his practice extensively through the site of the Great Lakes region in which he has lived and He finds this area fascinating as an environmentally coherent borderland central to the history of North America. In 2015, he circled the region for four months under the banner HOMES [Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior] through a Joyce Foundation fellowship, doing site-specific work and collaborating with diverse partners.
More recently, Moheb has collaborated with the five Great Lakes national parks on an installation of 25 poems disguised as official signs in conjunction with the NPS centennial. He is researching and developing a “poem of sublime proportion” through a Forecast Public Art grant to be embedded around the region as 50+ lines/sculptures. His previous major project, Habib Albi is…Not a Man, about romance, gender, and Arab American identity in the Midwest in light of 9/11, showed in New York, Toronto, and Montreal. In September 2011, it was commissioned as the MAI season-opener in 10-year critical commemoration of 9/11. Moheb has degrees from The New School for Social Research and the University of Toronto, and lives in Minneapolis, MN where he also works as Program Director for the Arab American arts organization Mizna.
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