Kader Attia

  • Born 1970 in Dugny, France.
  • Based in Berlin, Germany.

Kader Attia is an artist who explores the wide-ranging effects of Western cultural hegemony and colonialism. Central to his inquiry are the concepts of injury and repair, which he uses to connect diverse bodies of knowledge, including architecture, music, psychoanalysis, medical science, and traditional healing and spiritual beliefs. Throughout his multimedia practice—ranging from sculpture to film installatio—reparation does not mark a return to an intact state, but instead makes visible the immaterial scars of psychic injury. This approach is informed by Attiaʼs experience of growing up between Algeria and the banlieue suburbs of Paris that are home to large immigrant populations.

  • Réfléchir la Mémoire (Reflecting Memory), 2016
  • Courtesy of the Artist, Collection MACVAL, France, Collection MAC Marseille, France, Galleria Continua, Galerie Krinzinger, Lehmann Maupin and Galerie Nagel Draxler