mounir fatmi
CDAN Museum - Centro de Arte Y Naturaleza, Huesca

The day of the Awakening, 2018


CDAN - Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Huesca

June 28th 2018 – October 7th 2018


Curator : Juan Guardiola


The exhibition brings together a series of works by Morrocan artist Mounir Fatmi which explore the foundations of history and social nature, expressed through the written word and in different kinds of language: religious, political, ideological and artistic. On display are a total of 20 projects undertaken from 2002 to today comprised of hundreds of pieces from a variety of disciplines such as drawings, photographs, sculpture and video. The discourse of The Day of the Awakening focuses however on two main projects: L´index et la machine and Out of History.

The Index and the Machine (2016) is an installation consisting of a linotype (a machine which mechanizes the process of composing a text to be printed), several jumper cables and papers. Weighing one ton and measuring 180 x 226 x 160 cm, the work’s central theme revolves around censorship and intends to make the audience reflect on how the invention of print revolutionized writing, literature and culture. In this way, Fami brings to light the paradoxical duality faced by the mechanization of writing. In broad terms, the artist raises questions about the concepts of culture and history before the audience.

Until the creation of print, certain instruments and tools permitted the controlled circulation of religious ideas and following its invention the widespread dissemination of books took place. However, this also lead to a rise in censorship: the first text published, the Bible, immediately became a model for all that followed, prevailing over other publications and overshadowing the evolution of even the most advanced theories. The Church later began to publish normative texts such as the Index of Forbidden Books”, which was expanded in numerous editions until it was abolished in 1966.  For four centuries, most of the great philosophers, authors and writers such as Voltaire or Descartes were "blacklisted" and their work was branded as dangerous by the Church.

Out of History (2005-2006) is an installation made up of a series of posters installed along 11 meters of wall together with the videos, History of History (2006) and Memorandum (2009). It takes shape when Fatmi discovers that FBI files on the political party, the Black Panthers, have been declassified and access to them is available in the public domain. This work reflects on the social and revolutionary movement founded in the USA in 1966 by Malcolm X which played a fundamental role in the history of civil rights, especially those of black Americans. Through exhibition of the files, the Moroccan artist reveals the repression of African-American activists, who died or were imprisoned, by this public American agency. In addition, it includes the testimony of David Hillard, the party’s principle figure, which is key to exposing the censorship imposed by the secret services. With his "history of history" he reflects on what remains of his claims and how valid they are today.

The day of the Awakening Day is inspired by the title of and installation by Mounir Fatmi, who participated first hand in the creation of this exhibition. Its epigraph, simple and enigmatic, acts as a metaphor for an artistic work that constructs visual spaces and linguistic games. In this way, his work offers a view of the world from a different perspective, avoiding the blindness provided by conventions.

Expositions personnelles I Solo shows (selection)
CDAN Museum 2018Göteborgs Konsthall 2018Art Front Gallery 2017
Officine dell'Immagine 2017Galerie De Multiples 2017Analix Forever Gallery 2017
Jane Lombard Gallery 2017Galerie Delacroix 2017Goodman Gallery 2017
Lawrie Shabibi 2017Analix Forever Gallery 2017Maisons des Arts du Grütli 2017
ADN Platform 2016Keitelman Gallery 2016Labanque 2016
MMP+ 2016MAMCO 2015MIAMIBUS 2015
Analix Forever 2015CCC Tours 2014ADN Galeria 2014
ADN Platform 2014Analix Forever 2014Yvon Lambert 2014
Museum Kunst Palast 2013 Keitelman Gallery 2013Paradise Row 2013
Institut Français de Casablanca 2013Galerie Fatma Jellal 2013Analix Forever 2013
Goodman Gallery 2012Shoshana Wayne Gallery 2012 Lombard-Fried Projects 2012
Galerie Conrads 2011Fondazione Collegio San Carlo 2011Galerie Hussenot 2011
AKBank Sanat 2011Galerie Hussenot 2010Galerie Conrads 2009
FRAC Alsace 2009Galerie Delacroix IFM 2008Creux de l'enfer 2008
Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten 2007Musée national Pablo Picasso 2007Shoshana Wayne Gallery 2007
La maison rouge 2007Lombard Freid projects 2007Bank galerie 2006
CAC d'Istres 2005 Espace des arts Colomiers 2004 CAC Le Parvis 2004
Migros museum 2003
Biennales & Triennales I Biennials, Triennials (selection)
13eme Biennale de Dakar 20187th Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 20181er Biennale de Rabat 2018
57th Venice Biennale 20177eme Biennale d'Architecture de Shenzhen 201711eme Biennale de Bamako 2017
15eme Biennale d'art contemporain Alios! 2017Biennale Poznan 2016Setouchi Triennale 2016
10èmes Rencontres de Bamako 20155th Thessaloniki Biennale 201516th Media art Biennale Wro 2015
1st Trio Biennale, Rio de Janeiro 20152nd Bodrum Biennial 2015Fotofest Biennial 2014
5th Auckland Triennial 201310th Dakar Biennial 2012 White House Biennial 2013
Manif d'Art 6 20123rd Thessaloniki Biennial 201111th Lyon Biennial 2011
54th Venice Biennial 2011XIIth Cairo Biennial 20101st Mediterranean Biennial of Haifa 2010
Port Izmir 2, international triennial of contemporary art 20108th Dakar Biennial 2010Biennale Cuvée 2010
Xth Lyon Biennial 2009Art Tel Aviv 20098èmes Rencontres de Bamako 2009
1st Brussels Biennial 2008Pontevedra Biennial 200824th Biennial Memorial of Nadezda Petrovic 2007
1st Luanda Triennial 2007 52th Venice Biennial 20078th Sharjah Biennial 2007
2nd Seville Biennial 2006 Gwangju biennial 2004 7th Dakar Biennial 2006
5th Dakar Biennial 20009th Biennal art media 1999
Expositions collectives I Group shows (selection)
Mathaf 2018MACAAL 2018Fondation Boghossian 2018
Sammlung Philara 2018Nasher Museum of Art 2018Ellen Noël Art Museum 2018
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea 2018MOCAK 2018Bozar Center for fine arts 2018
Philharmonie de Paris 2018The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery 2018Goodman Gallery 2018
Institut Français de Saint Louis 2018Pensacola Museum of Art 2018 Von der Heydt-Kunsthalle 2018
Gifu Museum 2017Huntsville Museum of Art 2017Bandjoun Station 2017
Institut des Cultures d’Islam 2017Bellevue Arts Museum 2017Mudac 2017
Primo Marella Gallery 2017Goodman Gallery 2017MACAAL 2017
Museum De Wieger 2017Conrads Gallery 2017Galerie Ceysson & Bénétière 2017
Keitelman Gallery 2017Musée du Pays de Hanau 2017Château de Servières 2017
CEAA 2017Fondazione Fotografia Modena 2017H&R Block Artspace 2017
Bedford Gallery 2016Beijing Today Art Museum 2016Hôtel des Arts 2016
Museum of Old and New Art 2016Labanque 2016Les Photaumnales 2016
Al Maaden 2016Kunsthalle Faust 2016Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg 2016
Archives Nationales 2016Bardo National Museum 2016Arles 2016
Musée d'Art Moderne de Troyes 2016Rotor 2016Goodman Gallery 2016
Musée Bartholdi 2016Institut d’Art Contemporain 2016Santander Art Gallery 2016
Brandts & Viborg Kunsthal 2016Fondazione VIDEOINSIGHT 2015A Tale of a Tub 2015
Contemporary Istanbul 2015ADMAF 2015Goodman Gallery 2015
Keitelman Gallery 2015Galeria Municipal do Porto 2015Fabra i Coats 2015
AMOCA 2015Monastère Royal de Brou 2015CAC La Traverse 2015
FRAC Franche-Comté 2015ZKM 2015The National Library 2015
Station 2015La FabriC - Fondation Salomon 2015Van Abbemuseum 2015
The Brooklyn Museum 2015MMP+ 2015Sharjah Museum 2015
Kamel Lazaar Foundation 2015Sextant & + 2015Gwangju Museum of Art 2014
QAGOMA 2014N.B.K. 2014CAyT Centro de Arte y Technologia 2014
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery 2014Station 2014Institut du Monde Arabe 2014
Art Gallery of Western Australia 2014Louisiana Museum of Modern Art 2014Palais de Tokyo 2014
L'art dans les chapelles 2013MAD Museum 2013Marseille - Provence 2013
V&A Museum 201330 ans des FRAC 2013MAC Marseille 2013
MAXXI 2013Museu de Arte Moderna de Salvador de Bahia 2012Institut du Monde Arabe 2012
Edge of Arabia 2012Apexart 2012B.P.S. 22 2012
Dorsky Gallery 2012International Center of Graphic Arts 2012Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art 2011
Fondation Blachère 2011Brooklyn Museum 2011Dublin Contemporary 2011
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts 2011Museum on the Seam 2011Tri Postal Lille 2011
Meeting Point 6 2011The New School 2010Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil 2010
Fondazione Fotografia Modena 2010Aargauer Kunsthaus 2010KAdE 2010
Kunst Museum Bochum 2010Moscow museum of modern art 2010Art Gallery of Ontario 2010
Fondation Gulbenkian 2009Centro de Arte de Santa Monica 2009Beirut Art Center 2009
Salina Art Center 2009Kunstverein Medienturm Ilz 2008Te Papa museum 2008
Studio Museum Harlem 2008Haus der Kunst 2008Centre Pompidou 2008
CAAM 2008Centro de Arte de Santa Monica 2008Johannesburg Art Gallery 2007
CAC Le Parvis 2006CAPC musée d'art contemporain 2006Bank Galerie 2006
Les Abattoirs 2006Moderna museet 2006Mori art museum 2006
Wereldmuseum 2005Centre Pompidou 2005The Stenersen Museum 2005
Saw gallery 2005Konstmuseum 2005Hayward Gallery 2005
Museum Kunst Palast 2004Tri Postal Lille 20042nd international contemporary art meeting 2003
Espacio C 2002O.N.A. Foundation 1999CAC Castres 1999
Musée des beaux-arts de Dôle 1999Musée des arts décoratifs 1999  
interventions publiques I public space projects (selection)
metavilla 2015Collateral Project to the 12th Havana Biennial 2015Prison Qara Meknès 2015
Art Paris 2015Analix Forever 2014Sculpture Beach Art Dubai 2012
Le Printemps de Septembre 2012Narracje 4 2012Ivry 2010
FIAC Tuileries 2010 Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2004