Kader Attia (b. 1970, France) grew up in Paris and Algeria and spent several years living in Congo and South America. His ongoing socio-cultural research has led Attia to work with the notion of réparation. In French réparation relates to both material repairs, as well as social reparation. In Attia’s work ‘repair’ is investigated through human experiences, objects, philosophy, science, and architecture, while considering evolutionary processes of nature, culture, myth and history.
This understanding of ‘repair’ is derived from the context of colonialism, and resistance to modernity and capitalism. By drawing from non-Western cultures Attia retains conspicuous scars and cracks, stitches and staples; opposes the impulse of conservation; and the illusion that repairing will return a body or object to its original state. This ongoing research has resulted in a diverse range of work including films, installations, sculptures and writing, and the co-founding of La Colonie, an independent discursive space in Paris.
Solo shows: Kunsthaus Zurich / Switzerland (2019/20); Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley / US, (2019); The Museum of Emotion, The Hayward Gallery, London / UK; Roots Also Grow In Concrete, Culturgest Fundação Caixa Geral de Depòsitos, Lisbon / Portugal (2019); Héroes Heridos, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong; Mémoire de l’Oubli, Fondation Francès, Senlis / France; Kader Attia. Scars Remind Us That Our Past Is Real, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona / Spain; Les racines poussent aussi dans le béton, MAC VAL, Musée d’art contemporain de Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine / France; The Field of Emotion, The Power Plant, Toronto / Canada (2018). Group shows: Dance?, Centro Atlàntico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas /Spain (2020-21); Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm / Sweden; When Home Won’t let You Stay. Migration Through Contemporary Art, Cantor Arts Center, Standford; ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis / US; ARoS Triennial: Mythologies, Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus / Denmark. (2000); Polychronicity, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow / Russia; 10th Cinemigrante International Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bauhaus Imaginista: Learning From, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern / Switzerland; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin / Germany; 16e Momenta Biennale d’image, La vie des choses, Montréal / Canada; Maske, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau / Switzerland; Fuelling the Resistance: The Power Of Non-Conformity, Rubin Museum of Art, New York / US; Xenos, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tallinn / Estonia; No, you won’t be naming no buildings after me, TENT, Rotterdam / The Netherlands; Homeless Souls, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek / Denmark; The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacements, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. / US; Maske. Kunst der Verwandlung, Kunstmuseum, Bonn / Germany (2019).