Kader Attia

Kader Attia Challenges Us to Face Trauma and Loss

In the landscape of political oppression and media excess,. thinks silence is an oxymoron. In his current solo exhibition, “On Silence” at the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, the artist manages to materialize the absence of sound—and question its potential. Attia’s paradoxical approach...
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Berlin Biennale Names Artistic Team for ‘Decolonial’ 2022 Edition Curated by Kader Attia

Next year’s edition of the Berlin Biennale is coming into focus, with the German exhibition having now detailed the artistic team set to organize its 2022 edition with artist Kader Attia, who was announced as artistic director in March. The team set to help oversee the concept and artworks on view includes Ana Teixeira Pinto, Đỗ Tường Linh, Marie Helene Pereira, Noam Segal, and Rasha Salti. The Berlin Biennale has not named a theme or a concept for Attia’s biennial, although the biennial teased a “decolonial” focus in its announcement of the artistic team on Tuesday. At least one of the artistic...

Kader Attia dissects multiculturalism, colonialism and capitalism in Doha show

Kader Attia’s breakthrough work, Ghost (2007), began as a cast of his mother. Childhood memories of seeing her in prayer, among dozens of devout Muslim women, prompted the artist to wrap her in layers of aluminium foil as she knelt, creating a life-size figure with the characteristically shiny material. He then repeated the process until he had a crowd of 40 figures, with minor variations in posture and arranged neatly in a grid to form an installation (subsequent iterations have involved more figures cast from different people). Viewers approach the figures from behind, mimicking the perspective from which Attia would have encountered the long and narrow spaces that often served as mosques in the Paris of his childhood. Only when they reach the other end of the exhibition space do they realise that the figures are empty shells; their burka-like hoods each conceal not a face but rather a haunting void.

Kader Attia, Artist with a Focus on Colonialism, to Helm 2022 Berlin Biennale

The 2022 edition of one of Germany’s top art exhibition will be organized not by an art historian or a curator but an artist. Kader Attia, an artist who has earned international acclaim for his work focused on the lingering legacies of colonialism, will helm the next Berlin Biennale, due to open in 2022. He is the first artist to curate the biennial since 2016, when the collective DIS organized a polarizing edition focused largely on art about digital technologies.

Kader Attia Named Curator of 2022 Berlin Biennale

Interdisciplinary French-Algerian artist Kader Attia has been chosen to curate the Twelfth Berlin Biennale, scheduled to take place in 2022. The appointment was revealed on social media; no venues have yet been announced for the event, nor has Attia issued an official statement. He is the first solo artist to helm the biennial since the 2012 edition, which was curated by Polish artist Artur Żmijewski; last year’s edition, one of the few such events to take place in 2020, was curated by an intergenerational group of female-identifying South American curators: María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustín Pérez Rubio. Attia was selected by an international committee including artist Yael Bartana; KW Insititute director Krist Gruijthuijsen; and Gabi Ngcob, who curated the biennial’s 2017 iteration.