Mounir Fatmi at the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017

Tunisian Pavilion, The Absence of Paths, May 13th - 26th November 2017

NSK State Pavilion, May 11th - 15th July 2017

 Lawrie Shabibi is pleased to announce the participation of Mounir Fatmi in two innovative pavilions for the 57th Venice Biennale 2017. 'The Absence of Paths', the first Tunisian Pavilion in Venice since 1958, uses performance and installation staged in different venues across Venice, as well as an interactive online platform featuring text, video, audio, recipes and photography, to generate further inquiry into issues surrounding human migration. For the exhibition, Mounir Fatmi presents a series of photos from The Exile Pavilion, a traveling project he launched in 2016 that inverts the established structures of temporary exhibitions, questioning ideas of nationhood, exile and various forms of displacement. Curated by Lina Lazaar and commissioned by The Presidency of the Tunisian Republic and the Tunisian Ministry of Cultural Affairs, 'The Absence of Paths' collaborated with MOAS, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, a charity that has helped approximately 35,000 people, mostly refugees escaping violence, persecution and hardship. 


'History Is Not Mine', Fatmi's video from 2013, will be exhibited in the NSK-State Pavilion, a unique, independent pavilion that aims to rethink what a contemporary state can be, offering an open form of citizenship which contrasts with that generated by spatially defined states. In the video, 'History is not mine', a man repeatedly strikes the keys of a typewriter with hammers, the red ribbon streaming across the white paper like a stream of blood against the otherwise black and white imagery. The noise and action becomes increasingly disturbing, at times violent, calling into question not only the difficulties of language and communication, but the danger in not learning from history, which too often repeats itself, particularly when it comes to land, territory and nationhood. NSK State in Time was founded by the artist collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) in 1992. NSK State Pavilion will take place at Ca'Tron, Iuav University, Santa Croce 1957/Calle del Forno 1960, from May 11-July 15, 2017.

May 11, 2017