Biography

Kader Attia

(c) Michael Danner

Lives and works in Berlin and Algiers

Kader Attia (b. 1970, France), grew up in both Algeria and the suburbs of Paris, and uses this experience of living as a part of two cultures as a starting point to develop a dynamic practice that reflects on aesthetics and ethics of different cultures. He takes a poetic and symbolic approach to exploring the wide-ranging repercussions of Western modern cultural hegemony and colonialism on non-Western cultures, investigating identity politics of historical and colonial eras, from Tradition to Modernity, in the light of our globalized world, of which he creates a genealogy.

For several years, his research focuses on the concept of Repair, as a constant in Human Nature, of which the modern Western Mind and the traditional extra-Occidental Thought have always had an opposite vision. From Culture to Nature, from gender to architecture, from science to philosophy, any system of life is an infinite process of repair.

Recent exhibitions include “Sacrifice and Harmony”, a solo show at Museum Für Moderne Kunst, Francfort, “The Injuries are Here” a solo show at the Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts de Lausanne, “Culture, Another Nature Repaired”, a solo show at the Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, ‘Contre Nature’, a solo show at the Beirut Art Center, ‘Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder’, a solo show at Whitechapel Gallery, London, ‘Repair. 5 Acts’, a solo show at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, ‘Construire, Déconstruire, Reconstruire: Le Corps Utopique’, a solo show at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Biennale of Dakar, dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, ‘Performing Histories (1)’ at MoMA, New York, and ‘Contested Terrains’, Tate Modern, London.

 

Residency Programs

2015

Northwestern University Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Artist in Residency Award / USA

2014

artpace, San Antonio / USA

2010

The Banff Centre, Banff / Canada

2008

IASPIS, Stockholm / Sweden

 

Grants / Fellowships / Prizes

2015

Ruth Baumgarte Art Award, June 4th, 2016 at Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / Germany

2014

Kunstpreis Berlin Jubiläumsstiftung 1848/1948, Akademie der Künste, Berlin / Germany

2010

Paul D. Fleck Fellowship, Banff / Canada

Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship Program, Washington DC  / USA

Abraaj Capital Prize, Dubai / UAE

2008

Cairo Biennale, Prize of the Biennale, Cairo / Egypt

2005

Nominee for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Paris / France

1997

The Leica Special Prize / ” Une Algérie d ‘Enfance”, Paris / France

 

Symposiums / Lectures / Others

2015

TrAIN Open Lecture series, Artist Talk, CCW Graduate School, London / UK

Figurer/Exposer/Représenter le Corps du Refoulé Colonial, workshop, Collège d’Etudes Mondiales/FMSH, Paris / France

Abounaddara – The Right to the Images, Symposium, Vera List Center, New York / USA

Usages Géopolitiques des Images, Symposium, BAL – EHESS, Paris / France

Repair, Artist Talk, Stadtkuratorin, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg / Germany

Home Works, Workshop, Ashkal Alwan Academy, Beirut / Lebanon

 

2014

Kader Attia – Special event, Whitechapel, London / UK

Kader Attia in conversation with Magnus af Petersens, Whitechapel, London / UK

Kader Attia in conversation with Koyo Kouoh, MMK Museum for Modern Art, Francfort / Germany

Kader Attia – Artist Talk, NICC, Brussels / Belgium

Collecting Geographies, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam / The Netherlands

 

2013
Suspended Spaces – Discover / Uncover Modernism, Paris / France
Whitechapel, London / UK
Document, fiction et droit, Wiels, Bruxelles / Belgium
After Year Zero, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin / Germany
Inventions et réinventions des arts primitifs, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris / France
The Culture of Fear : An Invention of Evil, Witte de With, Rotterdam / The Netherlands
HomeWorks, Ashkal Awan, Beirut / Lebanon
Curatorial/Knowledge seminar, Goldsmiths, London / UK

2012
Matters of Collaborations, Collaboratoire 3, Dakar / Senegal
Modern Monday, MoMA, New York / USA
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

2011
Suspended Spaces, Beirut Art Center, Beirut / Lebanon
Interface, Université La Sorbonne, Paris / France
Un Temps de l’Art, Université Rennes 2, Ecole supérieure européenne d’art de Bretagne, Rennes / France
Festival de l’Histoire de l’Art, Fontainebleau / France
Kunst Afrikas, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin / Germany

2010
The Serpentine Map Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London / UK
Warsaw Under Construction II, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie, Warsaw / Poland
The British Museum, in collaboration with the Tate : Kader Attia : Void’s Geometries, London / UK
The Falmouth Convention, University College Falmouth, Falmouth / UK
After Post-colonialism: Transnationalism or Essentialism?, panel discussion, Tate Modern, London / UK
SITAC VIII, International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory, Mexico DF / Mexico
Clinicas symposium, Mexico DF / Mexico

2009
Eastwards = westwards, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht / Netherlands
Artistic Design of the ballet « Comedy of Change » by Rambert Dance Company / UK