Mounir Fatmi – Artist of the Month

Posted filed under Installations, Video Art, Videos.

ikono is proud to have Mounir Fatmi as the Artist of the Month for ikonoTV’s launch in Germany!

Mounir Fatmi constructs visual spaces and linguistic games that aim to free the viewer from their preconceptions. His videos, installations, drawings, paintings and sculptures bring to light our doubts, fears and desires. They directly address the current events of our world, and speak to those whose lives are affected by specific events and reveals its structure.

His work deals with the desecration of religious object, deconstruction and the end of dogmas and ideologies. He is particularly interested in the idea of death of the subject of consumption. This can be applied to antenna cables, copier machines, VHS tapes, and a dead language or a political movement.
Although aesthetically very appealing, Mounir Fatmi’s work offers a look at the world from a different glance, refusing to be blinded by the conventions.

Image above: Mounir Fatmi – Save Manhattan 03, mixed media, installation view Venice Biennale 2007

Mounir Fatmi’s work has been exhibited in the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland, the Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo Japan.
He has participated in several biennials, among them the 52nd Venice Biennial, the 2nd Seville Biennial, Spain, the 8th biennial of Sharjah and the 10th Biennial of Lyon.

In 2008, his work is featured in the program Paradise Now! Essential French Avant-Garde Cinema 1890-2008 at the Tate Modern in London as well as in the exhibition Traces du Sacré, at the Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris.

Since 1993, he was awarded by several prize such as the Grand Prize at the 7th Dakar Biennial in 2006 and the Uriöt prize, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam.
He receives the Cairo Biennial Prize in 2010.

His work is included in the Future of a Promise, the first pan-arab exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennial in 2011.

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Mounir Fatmi : Hard Head

The Hard Head DVD includes a selection of eight videos produced and created between 1999 and 2008 by Moroccan artist Mounir Fatmi. Political, provocative, spiritual and poetic, these complex works bring to light the artist’s ambiguities, doubts, fears and desires relating to our world’s current events. Using playful language inspired by islamic art, the Koran and european authors such as Artaud and Montesquieu, his videos toy with contextual relationships by blurring the notions of a here and there. Mounir Fatmi has been present on the international scene for more than ten years and is one of the most profilic figures of contemporary Arab art. His works have been shown at Migros Museum, Museum Kunst Palast, Centre Georges Pompidou, Tate Modern and the Mori Art Museum as well as various bienniales in Venice, Seville, South Korea, Sharjah and Dakar. DVD available on

Manipulations by MOUNIR FATMI (2004)