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

Continua Sphères Ensemble


16 Sep — 19 Nov
Under the artistic direction of José-Manuel Gonçalvès, over twenty galleries and foundations from the five continents are participating to a joint event – started ten years ago –  which will allow the visitors to discover ambitious and generous...

Past Exhibitions

100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art

Institut du Monde Arabe
28/02/2017 — 02/07/2017

The Restless Earth

Triennale di Milano
28/04/2017 — 20/08/2017

Kader Attia and Daniel Buren: bi-personal show

30/03/2017 — 28/05/2017

Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory

Galleria Continua
18/02/2017 — 23/04/2017

The White Hunter. African Memories and representation

FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea
31/03/2017 — 03/06/2017

Solo Shows

Holy Land, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

Po(l)etical, Krinzinger gallery, Vienna, Austria
As a fold, Horizon is not a space, galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany
Kasbah, Centre de Création Contemporaine de Tours, Tours, France
Signs of Reappropriation, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA
Failures, Noga gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Group Shows

Geo-graphics, A Map of Art Practices in Africa, Past and Present, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium
THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Dreamlands, Beaubourg – Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Told/Untold/Retold, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
The Future of Tradition – The Tradition of Future, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Busan Biennale, Busan, Corea
Centenary of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile
PROJECT EUROPA: Imagining the (Im)possible, The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art – University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Dugny Country of birth: France Date of birth: 1970 Lives in: Paris, France