If you are not familiar with Sir Salman Rushdie, read a blooming book some time. His first novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ won the Booker Prize in 1981, and his fourth novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ won him death threats and from angry Muslims and a fatwā issued by the -then- Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Paris-based Moroccan Artist Mounir Fatmi’s latest piece is a reinterpretation of Andy Warhol’s 1963 film also entitled ‘Sleep’, and features a 3D render of Sir Salman Rushdie…asleep…obv.
This 6 hour durational piece was censored at a show at l’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris last year but is currently showing in Fatmi’s solo exhibition entitled ‘History is Not Mine’:
“Rushdie lives between different worlds, between countries, between life and death. It is at once boring and voyeuristic to look at someone sleeping for six hours. I want the audience to feel guilty about Rushdie’s destiny.”