Kader Attia

Reflecting on his hybrid background, Kader Attia’s (b. 1970) work explores the repercussions of Western cultural hegemony and capitalism on the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and the ways in which residual strains of struggle and resistance to colonization impact the consciousness of immigrants as a territory. His practice employs different materials, symbols, and scales to question community, diversity, belonging, and exile among the tangle of identity conflicts in the age of globalization. Following his recent research journeys to Africa, Asia, and South America Attia has turned his attention to the reappropriation of traditional artifacts he “repairs” using alternative materials. Attia’s new commission is centered around the Rif mountains independence movement (1922), which was repressed by the French protectorate using heavy shelling. The remaining traces of this conflict are objects made with leftovers of shells and bullets. Attia worked with local Moroccan craftsmen to excavate these marginalized histories through the creation of new hybrid objects and musical instruments. Attia lives and works in Berlin, but he spent his childhood between France and Algeria. His work has been exhibited widely at major international institutions, including ICA, Boston (2007); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011); Tate Modern, London (2011); MoMA, New York (2012); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013).