Kader Attia (b. 1970, France), grew up in Paris and in Algeria. Preceding his studies at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and at Escola Massana, Centre d’Art i Disseny in Barcelona, he spent several years in Congo and in South America. The experience with these different cultures, the histories of which over centuries have been characterized by rich trading traditions, colonialism and multi-ethnic societies, has fostered Kader Attia’s intercultural and interdisciplinary approach of research. For many years, he has been exploring the perspective that societies have on their history, especially as regards experiences of deprivation and suppression, violence and loss, and how this affects the evolving of nations and individuals — each of them being connected to collective memory.
Kader Attia’s work recently has been on display at The 57th Venice Bienniale; The Power Plant, Toronto; and ACCA Melbourne. Past solo exhibitions include “Repairing the Invisible” at SMAK in Ghent; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; “Sacrifice and Harmony”, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; “The Injuries are Here”, Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts de Lausanne; “Contre Nature”, Beirut Art Center; “Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder”, Whitechapel Gallery, London; “Repair. 5 Acts”, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Kader Attia took part in dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, as well as group shows at MoMA, New York; or Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris) or The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, just to name a few.