Kader Attia  uses the 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.

Kader Attia
Kader Attia
Dugny, 1970

Current Exhibitions

Homeless Souls

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

27 Jun — 22 Sep
Gathering together a dozen artistic voices from countries around the world for a conversation about exile as a political and existential reality, Homeless Souls presents the works of the artists from diverse countries, which speak...

Past Exhibitions

Fly me to the Moon

Kunsthaus Zürich
05/04/2019 — 30/06/2019

Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion

Hayward Gallery
13/02/2019 — 06/05/2019

Kader Attia: Scars Remind us that our Past is Real

Fundació Joan Miró 15/06/2018 — 30/09/2018

Collection David H. Brolliet, Geneva

Fondation Fernet-Branca
27/05/2018 — 30/09/2018

Solo Shows

Kader Attia, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
Kader Attia. Reason’s Oxymorons, Hood Museum of Art, Darmouth College, Hanover, US

Kader Attia. Architektur der Erinnerung, Museum Ludwig, Koblenz, Germany
Reason’s Oxymorons, Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, US
Dispossession, mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK
Repairing The Invisible, SMAK, Gent, Belgium
Kader Attia, MCA Sydney, Australia
Reflecting Memory, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
Reflecting Memory, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, US
Reason’s Oxymorons, Lehmann Maupin, New York, US

Prix Marcel Duchamp, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Sacrifice and Harmony, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Reason’s Oxymorons, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, Germany
Scarification, Self Skin’s Architecture, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, Germany
Complementary Conversations, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Ghost, Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway

Show Your Injuries, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, US
Culture, another nature repaired, Middelheim Museum, Antwerpen, Belgium
Contre Nature, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Beginning of the World, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China

Group Shows

Re: Celebrating the Body, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada
Gegen die Strömung. Reise ins Ungewisse, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

Prospect 4, New Orleans, US
Anozero — Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Where History Begins, Void Contemporary Art Centre, Derry, Ireland
57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Sphères Ensemble, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France
L’Afrique des routes, Musée du quai Branley — Jacques Chirac, Paris, France
How To Live Together, Kunsthalle, Wien, Austria
Haute Tension. Prix Marcel Duchamp, Red Brick Museum, Beijing, China
Utopia / Dystopia, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal
The Restless Earth, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Haute Tension. Prix Marcel Duchamp, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
Tamawuj, Sharjah Art Biennial 13, Sharjah, Sharjah

Foreign Gods, Leopold Museum, Wien, Austria
“But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Par tibi, Roma, nihil, Le Palatin, Rome, Italy
But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
Lines of Flight, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, USA
2016 : Not New Now, The Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco

Streamlines, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany.
A fendre le coeur le plus dur, Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Paris, France
Boundary Objects, CA2M, Madrid, Spain
DEMONSTRATING MINDS, Disagreements in Contemporary Art, Kiasma – Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
After Picasso: 80 Contemporary artists, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, US
A story within a story…, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg, Sweden
Nel Mezzo del Mezzo, Museo Riso, Albergo di Poveri, Palermo, Italy
La vie moderne, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France
Sortir du Livre – Suspended Spaces, Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris, France
Concrete, Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
History Lesson, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Springer, nochmals, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Dahlem, Germany
Boundary Objects, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, Germany
After Babel, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
EUROPA, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Chercher le garçon – Exposition collective d’artistes homes, MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Michel Leiris & Co: Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, Bacon…, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Dugny Country of birth: France Date of birth: 1970 Lives in: Paris, France
W: Kader Attia M: kaderattiaberlin@gmail.com