Born in 1970 in Tangier, Morocco. Lives and works in Tangier and Paris, France.
In 2006, the internationally renowned Mounir Fatmi won the Grand Prix Léopold Sédar Senghor during the 7th Dakar Biennial. He gained recognition in 2007 when he was selected for the 1st Luanda Triennial in Angola, the 8th Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates, and the prestigious 52nd Venice Biennale. Work by the nomadic, eclectic, and nonconformist Mounir Fatmi explores the senses and the nonsense of our world through new possibilities provided by the language of art. Aesthetic, ethical, cultural, political and existential, the axes of his worktackle many questions through the critical detachment developed by his installations, sculptures, and films. Through a whole battery of various materials and not without humour and a sense of the absurd, Fatmi envisages deconstruction of the globalisation codes, conditioning, and strategies. Skateboards, VHS tapes, show-jumping bars for an obstacle course, hard hats, flags, brooms, circular saws, antenna cables, and books comprise his formal vocabulary, which is imbued with the mundane. The French Moroccan Mounir Fatmi also convokes signs of his native Arabic culture: calligraphy, a prayer rug, Quranic Surah to contemplate new views about the Arab Muslim world. A reinterpretation of the complexity and absurd intensification of the world, Mounir Fatmi’s words and pictures take directions which, from contradictions in revealed ambiguities, reinvent a symbolic, subversive, and iconoclastic language.