Mounir Fatmi was born in Tangier in 1970; he currently divides his working life between Morocco and France. His work has enjoyed international recognition since about 2005. His multimedia work blends installation, sculpture, video, drawing, painting, and writing. mounir fatmi is an artist at the junction of Western and Eastern civilisations. He develops a critical and aesthetic approach that goes against dogmas: political, religious, and social. Over and above established representations and codes, he questions the contemporary world by representing its ambiguities and its doubts, its violence and its paradoxes. His work takes the form of an immense network, and crosses a range of areas of knowledge, from the sciences to philosophy, from techniques to politics. It is a way of inviting us to read the world between the lines and to find other ways of seeing things, whilst refusing to be blinded by convention.
mounir fatmi’s work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, in the Migros Museum für Gegenwarskunst, Zürich, Switzerland, at the Picasso Museum, war and peace, Vallauris, at the FRAC Alsace, Sélestat, at the Contemporary Art Center Le Parvis, at the Fondazione Collegio San Caro, Modena, at the AK Bank Foundation in Istambbul, and at the Museum Kunst Palast in Duesseldorf. He participated in several collective shows at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris,The Brooklyn Museum, New York, N.B.K., Berlin, Mori Art Museum in 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, and Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
His installations have been selected 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 and the 10th Lyon Biennial, the 5th Auckland Triennial and Fotofest 2014, Houston. mounir fatmi was awarded by several prize such as the Cairo Biennial Prize in 2010, the Uriöt prize, Amsterdam and the Grand Prize Leopold Sedar Senghor of the 7th Dakar Biennial in 2006.