At Lombard Freid, Mounir Fatmi Explores Tensions in the Contemporary Arab World

NEW YORK—Mounir Fatmi‘s installations are visually striking and have equally significant political and cultural references. “Oriental Accident,” his second solo show at Lombard Freid Projects explores issues in the contemporary Arab world. The central work is a comment on tensions between tradition and youth and features a Persian prayer rug mounted with speakers playing recordings from the recent Arab Spring demonstrations in North Africa and the Middle East. The stirring exhibit of seven works created between 2009 and 2012 also includes bas-reliefs and video.

Moroccan-born Fatmi lives and works in Paris. “Maximum Sensation,” his installation of prayer rug skateboards is at the Brooklyn Museum.

“Oriental Accident” is on view at Lombard Freid from March 9 to April 14, 2012.

All photos by Arts Observer

“Kissing Circles,” 2011 (coaxial antenna cable on wood panel and staples).

Detail of “Kissing Circles.”

Detail of “Oriental Accident,” 2011 (sound system, speakers, carpet on wooden structure).

From left, “The Year Zero,” 2012 (coaxial antenna cable on wood panel and staples) and “Oil, Oil, Oil, Oil,” 2011 (agals and black paint).

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