Mounir Fatmi

Article Works Projects Video
Performing Arts (performance)
Visual Arts (installation art, painting, photography, video art)
Africa, Northern, Europe, Western
Morocco, France
Marseille, Tanger
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May 8, 2003
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Mounir Fatmi


Painting with the camera

In 1993 the Moroccan Mounir Fatmi declared his death as a painter and has since worked with a video- and still-camera in installations and performances on the theme of impossible communication.
Born in Tangiers in 1970, Mounir Fatmi is a multi-media artist who paints, photographs, performs and makes videos and installations. In provocative actions he questions the conditions of art in a society antagonistic towards it. In 1993 he declared himself dead as a painter and destroyed his paintings, whose images now linger only in the memories of those who witnessed the devastation. Since then he has painted only with cameras. He is preoccupied with communication and its impossibility.

His video-art has won various awards, like at the d´Art Vidéo festival in Casablanca and at other international festivals.
Author: Brigitte Heilmann


Group Exhibitions (Choice)

Exhibition / Installation
2005 "Tourist Class“, Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden "Meeting Point“, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway "Loop Festival“, CCCB Bar, Barcelone, Spain "PhotoCairo 3“, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Le Caire, Egypt 2004 "A Drop of Water, a Grain of Dust“, Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea "Inventaire contemporain II“, Galerie nationale du jeu de paume, Paris, France "Africa Remix“, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany "Apagado/Encendido“, Museo nacional de artes visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay "Foucault cinéma, image mémoire, image pouvoir“, Cinémathèque française, Paris, France 2003 "In/tangibles cartographies“, Biennale de la Havane, Havana, Cuba "Hope Box Art Event South Africa”, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa "Nuevo video arabe“, Caixa forum, Barcelona, Spain 2002 "Politics in Exhibitions and Politics”, 3ème plateforme de la Documenta 11 "Videokaravaan", Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam, Netherlands "Videorient“, Landesmuseum, Linz, Austria 2001 "Vidéo/je vois, la création vidéo en France”, Auditorium musée Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain "Blue Stage“, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany 1999 "7ème Biennale Art Media“, Biennale Art Media, Wroclaw, Poland "Peintres du Maroc“, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France 1998 "Triennale de Milan in-vidéo“, Palazzo del’arte, Milan, Italy

Solo Exhibitions (Choice)

Exhibition / Installation
2006 "Les prophètes“, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands "Mounir Fatmi“, La B.A.N.K. Galerie, Paris, France 2005 "Ecrans noirs“, Centre d´art contemporain, Istres, France 2004 "Comprendra bien qui comprendra le dernier“, Centre d´art contemporain le parvis, Ibos, France "Survival Signs, Oeuvres video 1990-2004“, Videokiosque 01, Pau, France 2003 "Obstacles“, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland "Thérapie de groupe“, Kes abris de la gare, Sousse, Tunisia 2002 "L’image dans la tête“, CAC Le chaplin, Mantes la Jolie, France "Ovalprojet“, CAC le chaplin, Mantes la Jolie, France 2001 "Mal de frontières“, Galerie du tableau, Marseille, France "La vitrine“, Collectif 12, Mantes la Jolie, France 1999 "Liaisons et déplacements“, Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris, France "Mounir fatmi“, Videofest Transmediale, Berlin, Germany 1997 "Coma“, Atelier résidence d’artiste MAJT, Lille, France 1996 "Peintures et dessins“, Galerie Nadar, Casablanca, Marocco 1992 "À l’origine“, Goethe-Institut, Casablanca, Marocco 1989 "Peintures et dessins“, The British Council, Rabat, Marocco


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the partner institutions.

Blue Stage

Multimedia Installation

(18 August 00 - 30 September 00)

Excerpt of the Video "Fragments et Solitudes"

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