Opening Reception – Mounir Fatmi: Survival Signs

Jane Lombard Gallery

Sep. 7, 2017, 06:00 pm

518 W. 19th Street
PHONE 212-967-8040

Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present “Survival Signs,” Mounir Fatmi’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. His work directly addresses the current events in our world and speaks to those whose lives are affected by restrictive political climates. “Survival signs” can also be seen as cultural signs, images, objects, experiences, and their connections and relationships to our everyday life. Is our society fluid, open and accepting, or the opposite? Several of the works in the exhibition teeter along a fine line of interpretation; are they revealing moments of construction or destruction, lightness or darkness? The artist presents his works as signs of survival; elements that allow him to resist and understand the world and its changes.

“Inside the Fire Circle,” 2017, a large, interactive floor installation consisting of jumper cables, obsolete typewriters, and blank sheets of paper, serves as a focal point of the exhibition and allows visitors to “jumpstart” their story or history. For Fatmi, “the installation is like a palimpsest of the modern age; the rhythmic flow between the paper and the cables seem as if they are sending signals back and forth, but at each stop the information is erased and the process begins again. This is a reflection of the tendency of history to repeat itself. The recent rise in nationalism across Europe, from Brexit in the UK, the rise of the National Front in France, Holland, Hungary, to the United States, and the state of affairs in Russia, Turkey and elsewhere, all reaffirm this fear.” The artist wants the cables to symbolically jumpstart people out of their apathy so they can learn from the past and become actively involved in writing a new and different story on the blank pages.


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