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Kader Attia

Kader Attia (b. 1970, Dugny, France; lives and works in Berlin and Paris) grew up in Algeria and the suburbs of Paris. Drawing from his experience of living within two disparate cultures, he has developed a dynamic practice that examines the intricacies of social, historical, and cultural differences across the globe. Attia’s installations and sculptures offer a poetic yet highly explicit reading of the relationships between Western and non-Western cultures. Through complex investigations of architecture, the human body, literature, and history, Attia demonstrates how individual and cultural identity is constructed within the context of colonial domination and conflict. Using artifacts, discarded quotidian objects, and wartime ephemera, Attia transforms the space of the gallery into one of introspection, allowing the viewer to become aware of the complicated and often inaccurate depiction...

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Biography

Kader Attia (b. 1970, Dugny, France; lives and works in Berlin and Paris) grew up in Algeria and the suburbs of Paris. Drawing from his experience of living within two disparate cultures, he has developed a dynamic practice that examines the intricacies of social, historical, and cultural differences across the globe. Attia’s installations and sculptures offer a poetic yet highly explicit reading of the relationships between Western and non-Western cultures. Through complex investigations of architecture, the human body, literature, and history, Attia demonstrates how individual and cultural identity is constructed within the context of colonial domination and conflict. Using artifacts, discarded quotidian objects, and wartime ephemera, Attia transforms the space of the gallery into one of introspection, allowing the viewer to become aware of the complicated and often inaccurate depiction of our multiple histories. Attia believes that through this type of reappropriation, disparities between superior/inferior, traditional/modern, and exotic/familiar can begin to dissolve.

Attia has received degrees from Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré, Paris, France in 1993, La Escola Massana Arte i Disseny, Barcelona, Spain in 1994, and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France in 1998. Solo exhibitions of his work have been organized at the Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2019); Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France (2018); Fundació Joan Miró, Centre d'Estudis d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain (2018); Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2018); Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (2018); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2018); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (2017); Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (2017); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2017); Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2016); Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (2015); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (2007); and Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France (2006).

Select group exhibitions featuring his work include Phantom Limb, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai, UAE (2019), When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration Through Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA (2019); The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacements, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2019); 12th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China (2018); The Flow of Forms, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2017); Foreign Gods: Fascination Africa and Oceania, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria (2016); But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (2016); Picasso in Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (2015); The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited, The Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., traveled to SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2014-2015); Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York, NY (2014); Performing Histories, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2012); and Contested Terrains, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (2011).

Attia has participated in multiple biennial exhibitions, including the 12th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea (2018); 12th Shanghai Biennale, China (2018); Marrakesh Biennial 4 and 6 (2014 and 2016); 8th and 13th Lyon Biennale (2005 and 2015); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); and the 50th and 54th Venice Biennales (2003 and 2011). His work is in numerous international public and private collections, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; The Colección Jumex, Mexico City; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Tate Gallery, London.

Attia has received several prestigious awards including the 2017 Joan Miró Prize, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain, the 2017 Yanghyun Prize, Seoul, South Korea, and the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp, Paris, France.

Artworks

3

Réfléchir la Mémoire / Reflecting Memory (film still #4), 2016

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Art of the 2010s / Berlin / Blurring Boundaries / Colonial/Post-colonial Issues / Contemporary European Art / European Art / Film/Video Art / History/Historical Approach / Installation / Learning from Different Cultures / Multidisciplinary Approach / Paris / Sculpture

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1998

    Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs Paris, France

  • 1994

    Escola de Artes Applicades “La Massana,” Barcelona, Spain

  • 1993

    Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués 'Duperré', Paris, France

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Mirrors of Emotion, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY

  • MATRIX 274, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA

  • The Museum of Emotion, Hayward Gallery, London, England

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Migrant Bauhaus: Bauhaus Imaginista: Learning From, Sesc Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil (forthcoming)

  • Phantom Limb, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai, UAE (forthcoming)

  • When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration Through Contemporary Art, Institute for Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA (forthcoming)

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Education

  • 1998

    Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs Paris, France

  • 1994

    Escola de Artes Applicades “La Massana,” Barcelona, Spain

  • 1993

    Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués 'Duperré', Paris, France

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Mirrors of Emotion, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY

  • MATRIX 274, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA

  • The Museum of Emotion, Hayward Gallery, London, England

  • 2018

    Héroes Heridos Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong

  • Roots Also Grow in Concrete, Culturgest Fundação Caixa Geral de Depòsitos, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Mémoire de l’Oubli, Fondation Francès, Senlis, France

  • Kader Attia, Museo de Arte de São Paulo, Brasil

  • Kader Attia, Scars Remind Us that Our Past is Real, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain

  • Kader Attia. Les racines poussent aussi dans le béton, MAC VAL, Musée d’art contemporain de Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

  • Kader Attia et Jean-Jacques Lebel, L’un et l’autre, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

  • Reason’s Oxymorons, Hood Museum of Art, Darmouth College, Hanover, NH

  • The Field Of Emotion, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

  • 2017

    Kader Attia: Architektur der Erinnerung, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany

  • Kader Attia, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, Australia

  • Reason's Oxymorons, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, St. Louis, MO

  • Kader Attia, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Australia

  • Dispossession, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

  • Repairing the Invisible, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Belgium

  • Reflecting Memory, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

  • Reflecting Memory, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

  • Reason's Oxymorons, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY

  • 2016

    Prix Marcel Duchamp, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

  • Sacrifice and Harmony, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • 2015

    Reason’s Oxymorons, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, Germany

  • The Injuries Are Here, Musee Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Scarification, Self Skin’s Architecture, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, Germany

  • Complimentary Conversations, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

  • Ghost, Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway

  • 2014

    Show Your Injuries, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY

  • Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium

  • Beginning of the World, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China; Galleria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel, France

  • Culture, another Nature repaired, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Contre Nature, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon

  • Injury Continuum, Artpace, San Antonio, TX

  • 2013

    Repair: 5 Acts, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

  • Continuum of the Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder, Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom

  • Les Terrasses, La Digue du Large, Marseille, France

  • 2012

    Construire, Déconstruire, Reconstruire: Le Corps Utopique, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

  • Collages, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany

  • Essential, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

  • 2011

    Ghost, Galerie Christian Nagel-Draxler, Antwerp, Belgium

  • 2010

    Holy Land, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

  • 2009

    Po(l)etical, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

  • As a fold, Horizon is not a space, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany

  • Kasbah, Centre de Création Contemporaine de Tours, Tours, France

  • Signs of Reappropriation, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

  • 2008

    Signs of Reappropriation, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA

  • Black & white: signs of times, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Huarte, Huarte, Spain

  • Kader Attia: New Works, Henry Art Gallery, Faye G. Allen Center for the Visual Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • 2007

    Momentum 9, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

  • Square Dreams, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, United Kingdom

  • Do what you want but don’t tell anybody, Christian Nagel Gallery, Berlin, Germany

  • 2006

    Tsunami, Magasin, CNAC, Grenoble, France

  • Kader Attia, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France

  • Sweet sweat, Andréhn-Schiptjenko gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2004

    HALLAL, Kamel Mennour Gallery, Paris, France

  • 2002

    Alter Ego, Kamel Mennour Gallery, Paris, France

  • 2001

    Photostories, Martine et Thibault de la Châtre, Paris, France

  • 2000

    La Piste d’Atterrissage, l’Atelier, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Migrant Bauhaus: Bauhaus Imaginista: Learning From, Sesc Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil (forthcoming)

  • Phantom Limb, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai, UAE (forthcoming)

  • When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration Through Contemporary Art, Institute for Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA (forthcoming)

  • MOMENTA, Montreal, Canada

  • Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance, Rubin Museum, New York, NY

  • History of Faces: Belting Variations, Museu Coleçāo Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Xenos, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tallinn, Estonia

  • No you won’t be naming no buildings after me, TENT, Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • Homeless Souls, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

  • The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacements, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

  • Psyche and Politics, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany

  • 2018

    Migrant Bauhaus. Bauhaus Imaginista: Learning From, Sesc Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Lydia Cabrera and Edouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking, Americas Society, New York, NY

  • Survival Kit 10 Art Festival, Riga, Latvia

  • The 12th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea

  • The 12th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China

  • Zeig’ mir deine Wunde. DOM Museum, Vienna, Austria

  • Trans-Justice: Paracolonial@technology, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan

  • The Fabric of Felicity, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

  • Manifesta 12, Forcella de Seta, Palermo, Sicily, Italy

  • SeMA Bunker, Seoul Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea

  • Talismans, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France

  • Re: Celebrating the Body, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada

  • Blind Faith, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

  • Gegen die Strömung. Reise ins Ungewisse, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

  • 2017

    Anozero, Contemporary Art Biennial of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

  • Prospect.4, Triennial of Contemporary Art, Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

  • Folklore. Eine Kontroverse mit Werken aus den Sammlungen, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

  • New Region of the World, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Krakow, Poland

  • How to Live Together, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

  • Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

  • Haute Tension: Prix Marcel Duchamp, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China; Red Brick Museum, Beijing, China

  • Contemporary Locus 12, Bergamo, Italy

  • Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

  • The Shyness of the Crowns, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Centre, Metz, France

  • The Flow of Forms, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

  • The Restless Earth, Milan Triennial, Milan, Italy

  • A Look at the French Scene: Prix Marcel Duchamp, H18 Hangar, Brussels, Belgium

  • Utopia / Dystopia Part II, Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Doublethink / Double Vision, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Citynature: From Vilnius Further On, National Gallery of Art of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania

  • Jaguars and Electric Eels, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, Germany

  • Réparations, Les Turbulences, FRAC Centre, Orléans, France

  • Sharjah Art Biennial 13, Tamawuj, Sharjah

  • The White Hunter. African Memories and Representations, FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy

  • Kathmandu Triennale, The Siddhartha Arts Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Seht, da ist der Mensch, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany

  • Sans bride, ni mors, ni rêne, PHAKT - Centre culturel Colombier, Rennes, France

  • 2016

    Lines of Flight, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Foreign Gods, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

  • Utopia/Dystopia Part II, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Atlas [of the ruins] of Europe, Centro Centro Cibeles, Madrid, Spain

  • Par tibi, Roma, nihil, Le Palatin, Rome, Italy

  • Finnish Landscape, Contemporary Art at Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, Checkpoint Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

  • The City in the Blue Daylight, Dak’Art 2016, 12th Dakar Bienniale, Dakar, Senegal

  • But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

  • Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City, Ireland

  • Not New Now, 6th Marrakesh Biennale, Marrakesh, Morocco

  • Forum Expanded, 66th Berlinale, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

  • Traversing The Phantasm, Berlinale Berlin International Film Festival, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

  • 2015

    Streamlines, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

  • A fender le Coeur le plus dur, Centre Photographique, d’lle-de-Frace, Paris, France

  • Boundary Objects, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain; Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, Germany

  • DEMONSTRATING MINDS: Disagreements in Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland

  • After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

  • A story within a story…, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg, Sweden

  • Nel Mezzo del Mezzo, The Palazzo Riso, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy

  • La vie moderne, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France

  • Sortir du Livre – Suspended spaces, Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris, France

  • History Lesson, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Canary Islands, Spain

  • After Babel, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

  • EUROPE: the future of history, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

  • A fendre le cœur le plus dur, FRAC Alsace, Sélestat, France

  • Picasso in Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

  • IN/VISIBLE, ikob – Museum for Contemporary Art, Eupen, Belgium

  • Chercher le garcon- Exposition collective d’artistes homes, Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val- de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

  • Invisible Violence, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

  • Michel Leiris & Co: Picasso, Miro, Giacometti, Bacon…, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France

  • Concrete, Tophane-I Amire Culture and Arts Center, Mimar Sinan Guzel Sanatlar Universitesi, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Springer, nochmals, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Dahlem, Germany

  • After year Zero, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

  • The body into pieces, Centre Pompidou de Malaga, Malaga, Spain

  • Catcontent, Stadtpalais Stadt Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany

  • 2014

    Whorled Explorations, curated by Jitish Kallat, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India

  • Fragments of Empires, MOMENTUM, Berlin, Germany

  • The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

  • The Reluctant Narrator: A survey of narrative practices across media, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Notes on the Start of the Short 20th Century: Contemporary Art of the First World War, Motorenhalle, Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden, Germany

  • Time Present- Contemporary Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

  • The Theory of Color, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico

  • When Nowhere Becomes Here, Poznan Biennale, Poznan, Poland

  • Cut, Paste, Repair: A Hundred Years of Collage, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX

  • Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

  • Rainbow in the Dark, SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Il delitto quasi perfetto, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

  • Injury Continuum, Artpace, San Antonio, TX

  • Transfigurations, Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

  • La disparition des lucioles, Collection Lambert, Prison Sainte-Anne, Avignon, France

  • Hlysnan: The Notion and Politics of Listening, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'Art Contemporain, Luxembourg

  • Invisible Violence, Artium, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia

  • Concrete, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia

  • Double Jeu, FRAC Centre, Orleans, France

  • Precarious Imaging, Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal

  • Dak'Art 2014, 11éme Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar, Senegal

  • Hajj, le pèlerinage à La Mecque, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

  • The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Where are we now?, 5th Marrakesh Biennial, Marrakesh, Morocco

  • Tranka Episode #1 - Sextant et plus, La Friche La Belle de Mai, Marseille, France

  • The Crime Was Almost Perfect, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2013

    Unstable Territories: Borders and Identity in Contemporary Art, Centro di Cultura Conemporanea Strozzina Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy

  • After year Zero, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

  • Museum Off Museum: Erster Teil, Kunstverein Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

  • Salon der Angst, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

  • 43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas, Medellin, Colombia

  • Terms and Conditions, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

  • Altérité, Je est un Autre, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

  • Le Pont, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, Marseille, France

  • The World Turned Inside Out, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • Every Day Matters, Farschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Le CAPC a 40 ans, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France Modernity? Perspective from France and Turkey, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Ici, ailleurs, La Friche La Belle de Mai, Marseille, France

  • La Méditerranée n’est pas seulement une géographie – Collection Société Générale, Marseille, France

  • Aqua Vitalis - Acte 1, Hôtel d'Escoville - Artothèque de Caen, Cannes, France

  • Aqua Vitalis - Acte 2, Palais Ducal Impasse du Duc Rollon - Artothèque de Caen, Cannes, France

  • Relaunch, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

  • 2012

    Mirages d’Orient, grenades et figues de barbarie, Chassé-croisé en Méditerranée, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France

  • Cartographies of Hope: Change Narratives, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

  • 10 ans du Projet pour l’Art Contemporain, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

  • The Far and the Near: St Ives and International Art, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, United Kingdom

  • Glissement de terrain: impertience-Resistance-Survivance, Le musée lanchelevici, La Louviére, Belgium

  • Die Stadt, die es nicht gibt, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany

  • Thresholds, Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom

  • Performing Histories, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

  • Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, City of Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium

  • Raüme der Erinnerung, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

  • Where is the time?, Foundation Izolyatsia, Donetsk, Ukraine

  • Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravità, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

  • Documenta (13), Fridericianum Museum, Kassel, Germany

  • The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, 1st Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine

  • Chkoun Ahna, National Museum of Carthage, Carthage, Tunisia

  • Vivement demain, Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

  • The Rituals of Chaos, Bronx Museum, New York, NY

  • Unheimliche Reisen, Archiv trifft Gegenwart, Dienstgebäude, Zurich, Switzerland

  • In Other Words, nGbK, Berlin, Germany

  • Hajj, Journey to the heart of Islam, The British Museum, London, United Kingdom

  • The Rituals of Chaos, The Bronx Museum, New York, NY

  • The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Art Basel Miami Beach 2012, Miami, FL

  • 2011

    Beijing Online Inlive - 10 Hands 100 Fingers, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China

  • Drift – an exploration of urban and suburban landscapes, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

  • Spheres 2011, 7 énergies autour d’une nouvelle expérience d’exposition, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, France

  • Collector, Collection of the Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Le Tri Postal, Lille, France

  • Rewriting Worlds, 4th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia

  • Wunder. Kunst, Religion und Wissenschaft vom 4. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

  • The Global Contemporary. Art World after 1989, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Biennial of Dublin, Dublin Contemporary, Dublin, Ireland Contested Terrains, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

  • After the Rage, Beton7, Athens, Greece

  • J'ai Deux Amours, Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration, Paris, France

  • The Walls That Divide Us, Apexart, New York, NY

  • Magreb: Dos Orillas, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

  • Evergreen, Crédit Agricole de Montrouge, Montrouge, France

  • Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

  • Entre-Temps, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan PAX, Fondation Francès, Senlis, France

  • French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

  • Strike Oppose, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

  • Living Room Exotica, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland

  • Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)possible, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

  • French Art Today: Marcel Duchamp Prize, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, Gwacheon, South Korea

  • The Future of a Promise, 54th Venice Biennale, Magazzini del Sale, Venice

  • 2010

    Told/Untold/Retold, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar

  • Inspiration, Conversations, SUD 2010, Salon Urbain de Douala, festival triennal d'art public, Espace doual'art centre d'art contemporain Place du Gouvernement Bonanjo, Douala, Camerun

  • De leur Temps, FRAC d’Alsace – Sélestat, Grenoble, France, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France

  • La Route de la Soie, New Chinese, Le Tri Postal, Lille, France

  • Recontres Picha, Biennale of Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Utopia and Monument II. On Virtuosity and the Public Sphere, Graz, Austria

  • The Future of Tradition - The Tradition of Future, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

  • Living in Evolution, Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea

  • Make Yourself at Home, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Lo spazio del sacro, Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy

  • Centenario MNBA, Centenary of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile

  • Street & Studio from Basquiat to Séripop, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

  • Art Unlimited, Art Basel 41, Basel, Switzerland

  • FotoGrafia IX Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, Italy

  • Geo-graphics: A Map of Art Practices in Africa, Past and Present, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

  • The Flower of May, Kunsthalle Gwangju and City Museum, Gwangju, Korea

  • THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

  • Dreamlands, Beaubourg - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

  • Unerwartet. Von der islamischen Kunst zur zeitgenössischen Kunst, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany

  • Entre Temps, LoftProject ETAGI, Saint Petersburg, Russia

  • Project Europa: Imagining the (Im)possible, The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

  • CAVE - Contemporary Arab Video Encounter, Maraya Art Centre, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

  • Biennale de Belleville, Paris, France

  • 2009

    Disorientation II: The Rise and Fall of Arab Cities, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

  • Los de arriba y los de abajo, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico

  • FIAC, Musée National d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Algiers, Algeria

  • Frontéires, 8th African Biennale of Photography, Bamako, Mali

  • Sphères 2009, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, France

  • Dispositifs optiques, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain

  • Pulisoni Performative Nell’Arte Contemporanea, Torrione Passari, Molfetta, Italy

  • Entre-Temps, Espaço Cultural Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Museu da Imagem E Do Som, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Entre-Temps, MIS - Museu da Imagem E Do Som, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Cargo, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany

  • Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty, Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece

  • Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong

  • Time out of Joint: Recall and Evocation in Recent Art, The Kitchen, New York, NY

  • La Force de l’Art, Paris Triennial, Grand Palais, Paris, France

  • Integration and resistance in the global era, 10th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba

  • Looking Inside-out, Kunstnernes, Oslo, Norway

  • Unveiled: New Art from the middle east, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

  • Mehr als ein T-Shirt, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany

  • GARGARIN the Artists in their Own Words – The first Decade, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Belgium

  • Collection 10, Institut d´art contemporain - Frac Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France

  • Tuileries Gardens, FIAC 2009, Paris, France

  • 2008

    Traversées/Crossings: contemporary Arab artists, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center, Cairo, Egypt

  • The Other, Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt

  • Travesia, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

  • Réfléchir le Monde, La Centrale Electrique, Brussels, Belgium

  • Defense, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Sin Fronteras, Pontevedra Biennale, Pontevedra, Spain

  • Representations of the artist as an intellectual, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany

  • In the Desert of Modernity, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

  • Traversée, Art Paris, Paris, France

  • Elefante Negro, Diego Rivera Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

  • Iaspis Open House, Autumn 2008, International Artist Studio Program Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2007

    Suite Française, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

  • The Big Easy, ACC Galerie Weimar, Weimar, Germany

  • The Big Easy: Relocating the Myth of the "West", Stiftung Federkiel - Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany

  • Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

  • De leur Temps (2), Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

  • Equatorial Rhythms, Sternersen Museum, Oslo, Norway

  • Theater of Cruelty, White Box, New York, NY

  • Signes d’Existence, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

  • New Economy, The Artists Space, New York, NY

  • Dialogues méditerranéens, St. Tropez, France

  • Accélération, Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

  • L ‘Emprise du Lieu #4, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France

  • Alles klar? Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Ägypten, Kunstverein Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

  • 2006

    1st Art, Landscape & Architecture Biennial, Canary Islands, Spain

  • BLACK PARIS. Kunst und Geschichte einer schwarzen Diaspora, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany

  • Nuit Blanche, Paris, France

  • Arabic views, Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Notre Histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

  • 2005

    Meeting Point, Sternersen Museum, Oslo, Norway

  • In between times, Tramway, Glasgow, United Kingdom

  • Regards des photographes arabes contemporains, Institute of the Arab World, Paris, France

  • Expérience de la durée, 8th Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France

  • Singuliers, Guangdong Museum of Art, Canton, China

  • 2004

    Near East Project, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfort, Germany

  • Continental Breakfast, Belgrade, Czech Republic

  • Shake, OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria; Villa Arson, Nice, France

  • 2003

    Fault Lines, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

  • Voyages d’Artistes, Foundation Electra, Paris, France

  • Ouvertures Algériennes: créations vivantes, La Criée, Rennes, France

  • 2002

    Les vertus sont des titres, les souffrances sont des droits, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France

  • 2001

    L’Alchimie de la rencontre, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France

  • L’état des choses part.1, Kunst-werke, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Berlin, Germany

Commissions

  • 2019

    Bauhaus Imaginista: Learning From, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

  • 2013

    Les Terrasses, La Digue du Large, Marseille, France

Grants/Awards

  • 2017

    Yanghyun Art Prize, Seoul, South Korea

  • Joan Miró Prize, Barcelona, Spain

  • 2016

    Prix Marcel Duchamp, Paris, France

  • 2014

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

  • 2010

    Paul D. Fleck Fellowship, Banff, Canada

  • Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship Program, Washington, D.C.

  • Abraaj Capital Prize, Dubai, UAE

  • 2008

    Cairo Biennale, Prize of the Biennale, Cairo, Egypt

  • 2005

    Nominee for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Paris, France

Residencies

  • 2014

    Artpace, San Antonio, TX

  • 2010

    The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada

  • 2008

    JCVA, Jerusalem, Israel

  • IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Institute of Cotemporary Art, Boston

Collections

  • Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE

  • Collection Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

  • La Collection Uhoda, Belgium

  • Deutsche Bank Collection, Germany

  • Fondation Francès, France

  • Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, Paris, France

  • Fond National d’Art Contemporain, France

  • Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain Centre – Orléans, France

  • Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain Lorraine, France

  • Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain des Pays de la Loire, France

Lectures/Talks

  • 2015

    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

  • 2014

    Whitechapel, London, United Kingdom

  • 2013

    Suspended spaces - Discover / Uncover Modernism, Paris, France

  • Whitechapel, London, United Kingdom

  • Document, fiction et droit, Wiels, Brussels, 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

  • ldsmiths, London, United Kingdom

  • 2012

    Matters of Collaborations, Collaboratoire 3, Dakar, Senegal

  • Modern Monday, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

  • 2011

    Suspended Spaces, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon

  • Interface, Université La Sorbonne, Paris 1, France

  • A bras le corps, Unités d’histoire de l’art et des études genre de l’Université de Genève (UNIGE), Haute école d’art et de design genevoise (HEAD), Geneva, Switzerland

  • 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

  • 2010

    The Serpentine Map Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom

  • 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, United Kingdom

  • The Falmouth Convention, University College Falmouth, Falmouth, United Kingdom After Post-colonialism: Transnationalism or Essentialism?, panel discussion, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

  • SITAC VIII, International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory, Mexico DF, Mexico Clinicas symposium, Mexico DF, Mexico

  • 2009

    Eastwards = westwards, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands

  • Artistic Design of the ballet “Comedy of Change” by Rambert Dance Company, United Kingdom

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  • 2019

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  • 2018

    “Best of 2018: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Around the World.” Hyperallergic, 21 Decmeber. “2018 Power 100,” ArtReview.

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  • 2017

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  • 2000

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