About The Work
« Propaganda » is a series of black & white paintings initiated in 2012, the medium on which they are painted being rows of VHS tapes. A means for recording images that was the norm in the 1980s and 1990s and a widely used commercial format, the VHS tape is also a recurrent material in mounir fatmi’s work, used in paintings, sculptures or installations.
All of these pieces question the place of communication and media exposure in our contemporary societies and try to define the relation contemporary art has to images and their power – taking inspiration, among other things, from the philosophical notions developed by Guy Debord and from artistic movements such as minimalism and pop art that placed the image or its disappearance at the heart of their preoccupations. In particular, this series of paintings explores the relations between communication and propaganda and observes how mass communication elaborated its techniques since the popularization of video recording and the fact it was able to enter millions of households and reach the consciences of a great number of viewers. It observes the forms of social organizations that resulted from that, and their relation to individuals or their eect on them.
Born 1970, Tangier, Morocco, lives and works between Paris, Lille and Tangier. Mounir Fatmi constructs visual spaces and linguistic games. His work deals with the desecration of religious objects, deconstruction and the end of dogmas and ideologies. He questions the world and plays with its codes and precepts under the prism of architecture, language and the machine. He is particularly interested in the idea of the role of the artist in a society in crisis. His videos, installations, drawings, paintings and sculptures bring to light our doubts, fears and desires. They directly address the current events of our world, and speak to those whose lives are affected by specific events and reveals its structure. Fatmi's work offers a look at the world from a different glance, refusing to be blinded by convention.
Founded in Saint-Étienne in 2006 by François Ceysson and Loic Bénétière, subsequently joined by Bernard Ceysson, artistic advisor, the Ceysson & Bénétière gallery initially expanded its presence in French-speaking Europe: Luxembourg, Paris and then Geneva. In Luxembourg, besides the space in Luxembourg city, the gallery now has another vast space at Wandhaff /Windhof near Koerich, measuring 1400 m2 and with more than 1200 m2 devoted solely to exhibitions.