May 28, 2018 - Göteborgs Konsthall - Mounir Fatmi: 180° Behind Me
May 28, 2018

Göteborgs Konsthall

Mounir Fatmi, Peripheral Vision, 2017.

Mounir Fatmi
180° Behind Me
June 8–September 16, 2018

Opening reception: June 8, 6–10pm
Press reception: June 8, 9:30–10:30am

Göteborgs Konsthall
SE-SE-412 56 Gothenburg

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There are no dangerous thoughts, thinking itself is dangerous.
–Hannah Arendt

Göteborgs Konsthall is proud to present the first major Scandinavian solo exhibition with Moroccan-born artist Mounir Fatmi. Engaging in notions of the written word—its beauty, violence and fragility—Fatmi’s works expose the layers of interpretation and reinterpretation that comprise our history. While reflecting current threats against the free word these works seek to open the political potential of language.

In the exhibition 180° Behind Me Mounir Fatmi presents new and existing works in a wide variety of media. Through installation, video, sculpture and photography, Fatmi explores human doubt, fears and desires in the tension between East and West, and between ancient tradition and accelerated contemporaneity. Committed to revealing oppressive social and political structures, Fatmi comments on some of today’s most pressing issues. Seeking to illuminate the role of artists in a time of crisis, the works in this exhibition explore the urgency of free speech and deconstruct dogmatic religion and ideology while also questioning our rampant consumer society.

Several of the works in the exhibition integrate Arabic calligraphy, both as language and patterns. The beauty of words, and their power to both bring together and shatter, is consistently present in Fatmi’s practice. Working with old technologies and materials such as VHS tapes, antenna cables, fluorescent strip lights, copy machines, printing presses and typewriters he contests linear notions of time and the supposed progression of society. Key concepts in Fatmi’s work are disappearance and repetition, including history’s tendency to repeat itself. The materials he chooses are containers of information while also functioning as archives in and of themselves. The works appear as monuments to the utopias of modernity and to the narratives which are gradually erased from our memory.

The exhibition will be accompanied with a publication featuring both new works specially comissioned for the exhibition as well as existing works. The catalogue will be released after the opening and is richly illustrated with images from the exhibition. It includes an introduction by Stina Edblom, Artistic Director at Göteborgs Konsthall, and a conversation between Mounir Fatmi and co-curator Liv Stoltz.

Mounir Fatmi was born in 1970 in Tangier, Morocco, and now lives and works in Paris and Tangier. Fatmi has been exhibited at major international institutions including the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Tate Modern, London. He has participated in several biennials including Venice, Gwangju, Lyon, Seville, Houston and Sharjah. He was awarded by several prize such as the Cairo Biennial Prize, the Uriöt Prize, Amsterdam and the Dakar Biennale Prize.

Mounir Fatmi is represented by Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo and Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris.

Artist website 

Curators: Stina Edblom, Artistic Director and Liv Stoltz, Curator, Göteborgs Konsthall

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