Kader Attia

Kader Attia spent his childhood between France and Algeria, between the Christian Occident and the Islamic Maghreb. The more he grew up, the more he felt that being ‘in between’ was at the root of his identities. Awarded the 2010 Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Attia’s work continues to explore the impact of Western cultural and political capitalism on the Middle East and North Africa, as well as how this residual strain of struggle and resistance to colonisation impacts Arab youth, particularly in the banlieues (suburbs) of France where Attia lived. While each new series employs different materials, symbols and scale, Attia’s practice continually returns to a sustained look at the poetic dimensions and complexities of contemporary life.

Born in Dugny, France in 1970, Kader Attia spent his childhood between France and Algeria, between the Christian Occident and the Islamic Maghreb. His work explores the impact of Western cultural and political capitalism on the Middle East and North Africa, as well as how this residual strain of struggle and resistance to colonisation impacts Arab youth, particularly in the banlieues (suburbs) of France where Attia lived. While each new series employs different materials, symbols and scale, Attia’s practice continually returns to a sustained look at the poetic dimensions and complexities of contemporary life. Recent awards include the Cairo Biennial Prize (2008) and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize (2010). Attia’s work has been widely exhibited at major international institutions including the ICA, Boston, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Saatchi Gallery, London. Kader Attia is represented by Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin and Cologne, and Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna.

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