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Maximum Sensation

mounir fatmi

Contemporary Art

This sculpture unites two seemingly disparate, but global, activities: prayer and skateboarding. These prayer rugs were manufactured for sale to international tourists. mounir fatmi cuts and reassembles them to create “incomprehensible labyrinths,” while making an analogy between skateboarding and religion. Both foster a sense of community, unite their participants through cultural practices, and seek an elevated state of being, or a “maximum sensation.”

The artist, who identifies as Muslim, says of his work with prayer rugs, “the rug is thus removed from its sacrality; instead of a sacred object, it becomes an artifact. But at the same time, I introduce it into another sacrality, because I am making it into art.”
MEDIUM Plywood, textile, plastic, metal
DATES 2010
DIMENSIONS each skateboard: 5 × 8 × 31 11/16 in. (12.7 × 20.3 × 80.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Purchase gift of Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia and John and Barbara Vogelstein
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 50 custom made skateboards
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION mounir fatmi (Moroccan, born 1970). Maximum Sensation, 2010. Plywood, textile, plastic, metal, each skateboard: 5 × 8 × 31 11/16 in. (12.7 × 20.3 × 80.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia and John and Barbara Vogelstein, 2010.67. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2010.67_view1_PS4.jpg)
EDITION Edition: 2/5
IMAGE overall, 2010.67_view1_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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