Kader Attia is an artist whose work investigates the identity politics of historical and colonial eras, pointing out perpetual elements of tradition within modernity until today, in the light of our globalized world. For several years, Attia’s research has focused on the concept of “repair” as a constant in human nature. From culture to nature, gender to architecture, science to philosophy, all systems of life are in an infinite process of repair. His past exhibitions include: Scars remind us that our past is real, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; The Field of Emotion, The Power Plant, Toronto; Sacrifice and Harmony, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder, Whitechapel Gallery, London; the 57th Venice Biennale; documenta 13, Kassel. In 2016 Attia founded a space in Paris to share ideas and to provide an agora for vivid discussion. Focusing on decolonialization, not only of peoples but also of knowledge, attitudes, and practices, it aspires to de-compartmentalize knowledge by a transcultural, transdisciplinary, and transgenerational approach.
As of January 2019