About The Work
"Roots,” a sculpture by mounir fatmi is a complex work; complex in its production, a meticulous process developed by the artist in 1998, of manipulating white antenna cable to create detailed wall-reliefs, this material, which has been used since the invention of the television to connect a TV to the antenna to transmit images, is one that has long interested mounir fatmi.
In this series of work, the antenna cable serves as both core material and valuable archive in the sense that it is quickly becoming an obsolete material. As such, the work itself and this archive find themselves in a similar position and create a sort of dialogue. The archive creates the work and the work stores the archive.
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 Milan in 2009, Officine dell'Immagine is dedicated to exhibiting international emerging and accomplished artists whose works reflect cross-cultural experiences. Today, the gallery works with artists from Europe, America and Asia with a perceivable connection to Africa and the Middle East. Through a rich exhibition schedule, with fine publications and fair participations, the gallery prides itself on making collaboration a principal of its operations, working closely with artists to create insightful, often provocative, total presentations that challenge the conventions of a contemporary art gallery.