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Mounir Fatmi | France / Morocco

Save Manhattan, 2008 - 2009

Video, B/W, Stereo
8.37 minutes

Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Hussenot, Paris

Mounir Fatmi constructs visual spaces and linguistic games that aim to free the viewer from their preconceptions. His videos, installations, drawings, paintings and sculptures directly address the current events of our world. His work deals with the desecration of religious object, deconstruction and the end of dogmas and ideologies.

Mounir Fatmi's series of installations have been crowned by a film also named Save Manhattan (2008-2009) and produced with means as archaic as for the precedent works. The New York landscape runs over the screen as if it was seen through a Chinese lamp or old optical devices. The viewer is impatient to see the twin towers and wonders if the collapse will happen. Airplanes and gas balloons fly around the buildings, but the expected crash is always deferred, as both the airplanes and transparent buildings seem to be inconsistent, empty, immaterial. The Manhattan skyline progressively dissolves itself in distorted liquefied reflections and becomes the memory and the ghost of something that was but that is not anymore. Mounir Fatmi's poetic editing embodies the unpredictable impermanent and insecure.