• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 109

    Mounir Fatmi (Morrocan, b. 1970)

    The Machinery

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    Mounir Fatmi (Morrocan, b. 1970)
    The Machinery
    signed, dated and numbered 'fatmi mounir, 2009, 2/5' (on the back of the work)
    glycero black paint on steel
    Diameter: 31½in. (80cm.)
    Executed in 2009, this is number two from a series of five

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    Born in Tangier, but a longtime resident of Paris, Mounir Fatmi works in a variety of media, including installation, video, painting and drawing. Running through his work is Fatmi's sharp wit, using unusual materials and pairing together unlikely concepts. In his own words, he seeks to create "visual spaces and linguistic games that aim to free the view from their preconceptions of politics and religion, and allows them to contemplate these and other subjects in new ways" (Mounir Fatmi, cited in Hossein Amirsadeghi, New Vision, London, 2009, p.128). The messages and morals are always ambiguous, representing the undefined game of give-and-take between East and West. In the present work classic Arabic calligraphy with the motto 'God is Beautiful, He loves Beauty' is luxuriously painted onto a steel blade from a circular saw. This engenders multiple readings, with themes of modernity, mass production and destruction as a counterpoint to refinement, religion and precision.

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