Mounir Fatmi

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Mounir Fatmi

Mounir Fatmi (born 1970 in Tangier, Morocco) is a Moroccan artist who lives and works in Paris. His multimedia practice encompasses video, installation, drawing, painting and sculpture.[1]


Mounir Fatmi’s work deals with the historical matters, religious objects and their desecration, dismantling dogmas and ideologies and the relation of death with the subject of consumption.[2] His installations and films have the specificity to be produced with archaic and outdated material, such as VHS tapes.[3]

Mounir Fatmi is largely influenced by September 11 attacks. He produced a series of installations named Save Manhattan. These artworks show the Manhattan skyline including the destroyed World Trade Center towers. Save Manhattan 1 is made with books, Save Manhattan with videotapes and Save Manhattan 3 is a sound installation with speakers.[4] The ultimate contribution to this project is a video where the skyline progressively dissolves itself in distorted liquefied reflection.[5]

Many of Mounir Fatmi’s works are seen as subversive,[6] such as his Brainteaser for moderate Muslim, a series of Rubik's Cubes painted in black with white stripes to imitate the Kaaba in Mecca.[7] As a reaction to the Arab Spring, he exhibited The Lost Spring, an installation composed of 2 brooms of 3 meters and the 22 flags of the Arab league.[8]


  • Ghosting (studio mounir fatmi, 2011)
  • Megalopolis (AKBank Sanat, 2010)
  • Fuck the Architect (Lowave, 2009)
  • Hard Head (Lowave, 2006)
  • Mounir Fatmi (Le Parvis centre d'art contemporain, 2006)
  • Semaine 46.05 : Ecrans nois (Bulletin de semaine, 2005)
  • Ovalprojet, 1999-2002 (Centre culturel le chaplin, 2002)


  • Cairo Biennial Prize, 2010
  • Grand Prix Léopold Sédar Senghor at the 7th Dakar Biennial in 2006


  1. ^ "The Future of a Promise". The Future of a Promise, Venice Biennale 2011. 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Dublin Contemporary 2011 - Exhibition". Dublin Contemporary. 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Mounir Fatmi: Lombard Fried Project". Frieze (114). 2008.
  4. ^ "07. Save Manhattan 03". Mounir Fatmi. Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  5. ^ Gregory Buchakjian. "32. Save Manhattan". Mounir Fatmi. Archived from the original on 11 December 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Mounir Fatmi : Artiste trublion du monde arabe". Yabiladi. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  7. ^ stephen garrett dewyer (24 April 2008). "Counter interpellation Mounir Fatmi and the disorientation of authoritarian identities". Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  8. ^ "The Lost Spring by Mounir Fatmi". Admorocco. May 24, 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.

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