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

28 Feb — 02 Jul
The Arab World Institute (IMA) presents the exhibition “100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art” as a tribute...

The Restless Earth

Triennale di Milano

28 Apr — 20 Aug
La Triennale di Milano and the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi present La Terra Inquieta (The Restless Earth), curated by Massimiliano Gioni, as part of the Visual Arts Program of the Triennale directed by Edoardo Bonaspetti. “La...

The White Hunter. African Memories and representation

FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea

31 Mar — 03 Jun
Curated by Marco Scontini, the group show consists of 120 works by 40 different artists, confronting traditional with contemporary African art. Thereby, the aim of the exhibition is to reconstruct history and memories, and to contrast the latter with...

Past Exhibitions

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

Prix Marcel Duchamp 2016 – Les Nommés

Centre Pompidou
12/10/2016 — 30/01/2017

Acts of Sedition

WhiteBox 20/10/2016 — 09/11/2016

The End Of The World

Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art
16/10/2016 — 19/03/2017

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