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Charlie Hebdo

mounir fatmi

Charlie Hebdo (2011) is a satirical, ironic and left-wing French weekly magazine that gained international prominence by publishing certain controversial cartoons of Muhammad in 2006. In this piece, the artist shows the cover of the magazine from a 1973 issue in which the viewer can read Charlie Hebdo’s request to the French military authorities to explode an atomic bomb at the top of the Tour Eiffel. A demand written more than 40 years ago that today would cause a great stir and media controversy. This is an ironic text that illustrates the French link with the western arms race, this being one of the countries with the greatest nuclear arsenal, and at the same time it is a criticism by the artist towards absurdity and cynicism as the engine of war conflicts.

 

mounir fatmi, Charlie Hebdo,  2009.
Print on paper
39,5 x 27,5 cm
Edition 34 of 50

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