Mounir Fatmi

Mounir Fatmi was born in Tangier in 1970. He constructs visual spaces and linguistic games. His work deals with the desecration of religious objects, 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. 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. Fatmi's work offers a look at the world from a different glance, refusing to be blinded by the conventions. Fatmi is also a published author, releasing a book entitled The Pretext in 2018. 

Fatmi’s select institutional exhibitions include  Mamco, Geneva, Migros Museum für Gegenwarskunst, Zürich, Switzerland; Picasso Museum, war and peace, Vallauris; FRAC Alsace, Sélestat; Contemporary Art Center Le Parvis; Fondazione Collegio San Caro, Modena; AK Bank Foundation, Istanbul; Museum Kunst Palast, Duesseldorf and MMP+,Marrakesh.


His solo shows include The Day of the Awakening, Huesca, Spain, 2018; 180° Behind Me, Göteborgs Konsthall, Sweden, 2018


He has participated in several group shows including Traditional Interrupted, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, USA, 2019; Wasl-Beyond the Pen, King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 2019; Revolution Generations, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Dohs, Qatar, 2019; EXOTIC x MODERN: French Art Deco and Inspiration afar, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2018; Second Life Second Breath, Musee d' Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech, Morocco, 2018; Beyond Borders, Foundation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Brussels, Belggium, 2018; Somewhere Behind the Eyes, Sammlung Philara, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2018; People Ger Ready, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, USA, 2018; 

Cut Up/Cut Out, Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, USA, 2018; BRIC-a-Brac | The Jumble of Growth, Galleria Nazionale d' Arte Moderna e Contemoranea, Rome, Italia, 2018; 40 ans de collection et un film documentaire de 60 min, Fondation Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis, France, 2018; Un œil ouvert sur le monde arabe, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, 2018; Motherland in Art,Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Krakow, Poland, 2018;   RESIST! The 1960s Protests, Photography and Visual Legacy, BOZAR, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussles, 2018; A Journey to Freedom, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallary, 2018; Cut up/Cut out, Pensacola Museum of Art, University of West Florida, 2018. He has also participated in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Karakow; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; N.B.K., Berlin; MAXXI, Rome; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow; Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; the Hayward Gallery, London; the Art Gallery of Western Australia; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. He has participated in biennials such as the 52nd and 54th Venice Biennial, the 8th biennial of Sharjah, the 5th and 7th Dakar Biennial, the 2nd Seville Biennial, the 5th Gwangju Biennial, the 10th Lyon Biennial, the 5th Auckland Triennial, Fotofest 2014, Houston and the 10th Bamako Encounters.


Fatmi is the recipient of the Cairo Biennial Prize, 2010, the Uriöt prize, Amsterdam, the Grand Prize Leopold Sedar Senghor of the 7th Dakar Biennial, 2006.  He was shortlisted for the Jameel Prize of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London in 2013.


His work is in several notable collections including: Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Luanda; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Queensland Art Gallery of Australia, Brisbane; AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création, Paris; Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris; Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain d'Alsace, Sélestat; Fonds Municipal d'Art Contemporain, Paris; MAMC Les Abattoirs, Toulouse; Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration, Paris; Rosenblum & Friends, Paris; Foundation Frances, Senlis; FDAC L'Essonne & Château de Chamarande; Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon; Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; Nadour, Krefeld; Written Art Foundation, Frankfurt; The Tiroche DeLeon Collection; Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Modena, Modena; Darat al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman; National Museum of Mali, Bamako; MMP+, The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts, Marrakech; Bank Al-Maghrib, Casablanca; Wafabank Foundation, Casablanca; Museum of the ONA Foundation, Casablanca; MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow; Qatar Foundation, Doha;

Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Jameel Foundation; King Abdulaziz Centre, Dhahran; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Rijksakademie Collection, Amsterdam; De Nederlandsche Bank N.V., Amsterdam; Miniature Museum Ria and Lex Daniels, The Hague; Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis; Koč Foundation, Istanbul; The Farjam Collection, Dubai; Articulate Contemporary Art Fund, London; The Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Hessel Foundation for the Bard Museum, New York.


He  lives and works between Paris and Tangier.