Kader Attia (b. 1970, France), grew up in both Algeria and the suburbs of Paris, and uses this 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 cultual hegemony and colonialism on non-Western cultures, investigating identity politics of historical and colonial eras, as well as in our modern, globalized world.
His debut solo exhibition was held in 1996 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and since then his artistic career has gained major international recognition with exhibitions such as the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), 8th Lyon Biennial (2005), and solo exhibitions at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK (2007), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (2007), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Huarte, Spain (2008), Savannah College of Art, Savannah, GA (2008), and the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2008).
Recent solo exhibitions include Reparatur 5. Acts at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013) and Construire, Déconstruire, Reconstruire: Le Corps Utopique at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2012). Attia’s work was featured in dOCUMENTA(13) Kassel, Germany (2012); other recent group exhibitions include Terms and Conditions, Singapore Art Museum, (2013), Performing Histories (1), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); 10 ans du Projet pour l’Art Contemporain, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012) and Contested Terrains, Tate Modern, London (2011).
His work is included in the 5th Marrakech Biennial, and will be featured in Dak’Art 2014, 11éme Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, opening May 9th 2014. Other forthcoming projects in 2014 include a solo exhibition at the Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, a residency and group exhibition at Artpace, San Antonio, TX, and group exhibitions at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt and the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City.
The artist lives and works in Berlin, Germany.