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Kader Attia

  • CountryFrance
  • Born1970


Kader Attia is a multimedia artist and writer who grew up in Paris and Algeria. Attia takes a poetic and symbolic approach to exploring the wide-ranging repercussions of Western domination and colonialism on non-Western cultures through the mediums of sculpture, installation, collage, video and photography. 

His works have been discussed in the 2005 event ‘Inside and Out’ hosted by Iniva. The discussion focused on Attia’s video and installation works in context to French-Algerian relations. 

His works have been shown extensively including at The Hayward Gallery, London (2019); Culturgest Fundação Caixa Geral de Depòsitos, Lisbon, Portugal (2018 – 2019); Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong (2018); MCA Sydney, Australia (2017); the 57th Venice Bienniale, Italy (2017); The Power Plant, Toronto (2018); and ACCA, Melbourne (2017). 

In 2016, Attia founded La Colonie, a space in Paris to share and discuss ideas with a focus on decolonialisation not only of peoples but also of knowledge, attitudes and practices. He was also awarded with the Marcel Duchamp Prize; the Joan Miró Prize, Barcelona; and the Yanghyun Art Prize, Seoul, in 2017. 

He graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in 1998. 

Attia lives and works in Berlin and Algiers.

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