French-Algerian artist Kader Attia's immersive installations reflect on identity and historical development: "the biggest illusion of the human mind is probably the one on which Man has built himself: the idea that he invents something, when all he does is repair". This publication charts the development of Attia's work leading up to his new site-specific commission at the Whitechapel Gallery through an in-depth interview with curator Magnus af Petersens, plus essays by critic Kim West and curator Emily Butler. Acting as an extension of Attia's intriguing library and cabinet of artefacts and books,this publication presents an overview of the artist's extraordinary vision and reflections on society's endless quest for enlightenment in the age of globalization.
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Kader Attia (b.1970) studied both Philosophy and Fine Art in Paris and Barcelona. his childhood spent between Algeria and France, and his extended stays in Africa and Latin America informed a broader vision, leading him to investigate the subject of the constant signs of re-appropriation that bind Western and non-Western cultures, the foundation of his concept of 'repair'. He was the winner of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2010 and was awarded the Cairo Biennale Prize in 2008. In 2014 Kader Attia received the Kunstpreis Berlin Jubilaumsstiftung 1848/1948 for visual arts by the Akademie der Kunste. Kader Attia lives and works in Berlin and Algiers.
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