Mounir Fatmi: Survival Signs

Exhibition, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, US.


Mounir Fatmi, Alif 04, 2015, black and white ink on baryté paper, 17.72 x 11.81 inches, 45 x 30 cm.
From September 7, 2017 until October 21, 2017
Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present the artist Mounir Fatmi (1970, Tangier, Morocco) with the exhibition Survival Signs. The artist's work directly addresses the current events in our world and speaks to those whose lives are affected by restrictive political climates. Survival signs can also be seen as cultural signs, images, objects, experiences, and their connections and relationships to our everyday life. Is our society fluid, open and accepting, or the opposite? Several of the works in the exhibition teeter along a fine line of interpretation; are they revealing moments of construction or destruction, lightness or darkness? The artist presents his works as signs of survival; elements that allow him to resist and understand the world and its changes.
For Fatmi, “the installation is like a palimpsest of the modern age; the rhythmic flow between the paper and the cables seem as if they are sending signals back and forth, but at each stop the information is erased and the process begins again. This is a reflection of the tendency of history to repeat itself. The recent rise in nationalism across Europe, from Brexit in the UK, the rise of the National Front in France, Holland, Hungary, to the United States, and the state of affairs in Russia, Turkey and elsewhere, all reaffirm this fear.” The artist wants the cables to symbolically jumpstart people out of their apathy so they can learn from the past and become actively involved in writing a new and different story on the blank pages.
Fatmi views himself as an immigrant worker: “My job is to question what it means to be an artist. Even when I feel outside of my own cultural context.” He has participated in the 52nd and the 57th Venice Bienniale, the 7th Dakar Biennial, the 2nd Seville Biennial, the 5th Gwangju Biennial, the 10th Lyon Biennial, and the 5th Auckland Triennial. Recent solo exhibitions include Spot On: Mounir Fatmi, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany; Permanent Exiles, MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland; Darkening Process, The MMPV Museum, Marrakech, Morocco.
Exhibition view
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