Attia Kader


Born in 1970 in Dugny (France) ; Lives and works in Berlin and Algiers.

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 modern cultural hegemony and colonialism on non-Western cultures, investigating identity politics of historical and colonial eras, from Tradition to Modernity, in the light of our globalized world, of which he creates a genealogy.

For several years, his research focuses on the concept of Repair, as a constant in Human Nature, of which the modern Western Mind and the traditional extra-Occidental Thought have always had an opposite vision. From Culture to Nature, from gender to architecture, from science to philosophy, any system of life is an infinite process of repair.

Residency Programs :


Northwestern University Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Artist in Residency Award, USA


artpace, San Antonio / USA


The Banff Centre, Banff / Canada


IASPIS, Stockholm / Sweden


Grants / Fellowships / Prizes :


Kunstpreis Berlin Jubiläumsstiftung 1848/1948, Akademie der Künste, Berlin / Germany


Paul D. Fleck Fellowship, Banff / Canada

Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship Program, Washington DC  / USA

Abraaj Capital Prize, Dubai / UAE


Cairo Biennale, Prize of the Biennale, Cairo / Egypt


Nominee for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Paris / France


The Leica Special Prize / ” Une Algérie d ‘Enfance”, Paris / France


Symposiums / Lectures / Others :


TrAIN Open Lecture series, Artist Talk, CCW Graduate School, London / UK

Figurer/Exposer/Représenter le Corps du Refoulé Colonial, workshop, Collège d’Etudes Mondiales/FMSH, Paris / France

Abounaddara – The Right to the Images, Symposium, Vera List Center, New York / USA

Usages Géopolitiques des Images, Symposium, BAL – EHESS, Paris / France

Repair, Artist Talk, Stadtkuratorin, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg / Germany

Home Works, Workshop, Ashkal Alwan Academy, Beirut / Lebanon


Kader Attia – Special event, Whitechapel, London / UK

Kader Attia in conversation with Magnus af Petersens, Whitechapel, London / UK

Kader Attia in conversation with Koyo Kouoh, MMK Museum for Modern Art, Francfort / Germany

Kader Attia – Artist Talk, NICC, Brussels / Belgium

Collecting Geographies, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam / The Netherlands

Suspended Spaces – Discover / Uncover Modernism, Paris / France
Whitechapel, London / UK
Document, fiction et droit, Wiels, Bruxelles / Belgium
After Year Zero, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin / Germany
Inventions et réinventions des arts primitifs, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris / France
The Culture of Fear : An Invention of Evil, Witte de With, Rotterdam / The Netherlands
HomeWorks, Ashkal Awan, Beirut / Lebanon
Curatorial/Knowledge seminar, Goldsmiths, London / UK

Matters of Collaborations, Collaboratoire 3, Dakar / Senegal
Modern Monday, MoMA, New York / USA
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

Suspended Spaces, Beirut Art Center, Beirut / Lebanon
Interface, Université La Sorbonne, Paris / France
Un Temps de l’Art, Université Rennes 2, Ecole supérieure européenne d’art de Bretagne, Rennes / France
Festival de l’Histoire de l’Art, Fontainebleau / France
Kunst Afrikas , Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin / Germany

The Serpentine Map Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London / UK
Warsaw Under Construction II, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie, Warsaw / Poland
The British Museum, in collaboration with the Tate : Kader Attia : Void’s Geometries, London / UK
The Falmouth Convention, University College Falmouth, Falmouth / UK
After Post-colonialism: Transnationalism or Essentialism?, panel discussion, Tate Modern, London / UK
SITAC VIII, International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory, Mexico DF / Mexico
Clinicas symposium, Mexico DF / Mexico

Eastwards = westwards, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht / Netherlands
Artistic Design of the ballet « Comedy of Change » by Rambert Dance Company, UK


In the Framework of : – Europe : “Artecitya” : 15 November 2013 – 1 December 2013