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Kader Attia. Curator 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Photo: F. Anthea Schaap
For over two decades, Kader Attia has worked with the concept of “repair” in his artistic practice. It allows him to investigate the dialectic between destruction and repair, in which repair is understood as a way of cultural resistance as well as a means for a society or a subject to reappropriate their history and identity.
Raised in Paris and Algeria, Kader Attia (born 1970 in Dugny, France) studied philosophy and art at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, as well as at the Escola Massana, Art and Design Centre in Barcelona, Spain. Before his studies, he spent several years in Africa and South America; today he lives and works in Berlin and Paris. In 2016, Kader Attia founded La Colonie in Paris’ 10th arrondissement as a space for the exchange of ideas and discussions focusing on decolonization, not only of people but also of knowledge, attitudes, and practices. Driven by the urgency of social and cultural reparation, it aims to reunite what has drifted apart or been broken. Since March 2020, La Colonie has been closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
(From press information, 4 March 2021.
© Photo: F. Anthea Schaap. Courtesy of Berlin Biennale.)
11 June - 18 September 2022
Title: Still Present!
Curator: Kader Attia
Artistic team: Ana Teixeira Pinto, Đỗ Tường Linh, Marie Helene Pereira, Noam Segal, Rasha Salti
List of participants
75 artists and groups
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg and Pariser Platz
Dekoloniale Memory Culture in the City
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Stasi Headquarters. Campus for Democracy