Kader Attia

Kader Attia grew up in Algeria and in the suburbs of Paris. In his work, the experience of being part of two cultures forms the starting point for a dynamic praxis that sets out to reflect on aesthetic and ethical issues situated between Western thought and non-Western cultures. He investigates the identity politics of the historical and colonial eras, pointing out perpetual elements of tradition within modernity until today, in the light of our globalized world. For several years, Kader Attia’s research has focused on the concept of “repair” as a constant in human nature. Whether from culture to nature, gender to architecture, or from science to philosophy, all systems of life are in an infinite process of repair. His many exhibitions include: Sacrifice and Harmony, a solo show at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Contre Nature, a solo show at the Beirut Art Center; and Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder, a solo show at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. Recently he was awarded the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp.