Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 2018 – Niigata, Japan
July 29th – September 17th, 2018
A house is filled with heating equipment which could heat up the entire town. The artwork is named after the town in Morocco where the artist is originally from. He overlaps the phenomenon of abandoned houses in Echigo-Tsumari with his memory of a house in which he grew up when he was leading a modest life during his childhood. The disappearing houses and eternal memories intersect in the artwork.
Mounir Fatmi (Tangier, Morocco, 1970) lives and works between Paris, Lille and Tangier with video and visual arts. Fatmi desacralizes religious objects, searching for deconstruction within conventional ideas, and questions dogmas, axioms and ideologies. His installations, sculptures, photographs, videos and drawings reveal doubts, fears and desires which are common to the modern-day human being through a lense which is always relevant today. His artistic projects directly address current events taking place throughout the world, and those people whose lives are affected by them.
He participated in several collective shows at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris,The Brooklyn Museum, New York, N.B.K., Berlin, at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, MAXXI, Rome, 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, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. Mounir Fatmi’s work has been shown at numerous solo exhibitions around the world including at the Mamco, Geneva, Migros Museum für Gegenwarskunst, Zürich, the Picasso Museum, War and Peace, Vallauris, Kunst Palast in Duesseldorf, the Fondazione Collegio San Caro, Modena, and Göteborgs Konsthall, Sweden. His works also form part of private collections in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Qatar, Russia, the United Kingdom and the USA, and his installations have been chosen for show in the biennials of Venice, Sharjah, Dakar, Seville, Gwangiu and Lyon. Fatmi has won many awards including the Cairo Biennial Prize in 2010, the Uriöt Prize, Amsterdam, and the Grand Prix Léopold Sédar Senghor at the 7th Dakar Biennial in 2006.