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Kader Attia | Repairing the Invisible

S.M.A.K., Ghent

31 Mar - 1 Oct 2017

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the textile course at the KASK/Hogent in Ghent, the French-Algerian artist is presenting a new installation of eight found objects in textile. It is a serene but complex image, like a still life, a visual rendering of life and its transience. Using textile or metal, the artist applies them among other things to broken mirrors and torn cloths. The past and the unfamiliar together make up the conditions for a future existence. Kader Attia’s practice gives a poetic dimension to a broader discourse on the repercussions of the Western hegemony over non-Western cultures in historical narratives, the politics of identity and humanitarian crises in the present (refugee crisis) and the past (colonisation). Find out more about the Kader Attia exhibition from SMAK’s website.

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Mirrors (2015), Kader Attia. Courtesy: artist and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne, Photo: Simon Vogel

Mirrors (2015), Kader Attia. Courtesy: artist and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne, Photo: Simon Vogel

Reflecting Memory (film still; 2016), Kader Attia. © the artist, Photograph : Kader Attia

Reflecting Memory (film still; 2016), Kader Attia. © the artist, Photograph : Kader Attia

Reflecting Memory (film still; 2016), Kader Attia. © the artist, Photograph : Kader Attia

Reflecting Memory (film still; 2016), Kader Attia. © the artist, Photograph : Kader Attia

Installation view of Repair Analysis at MMK für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt in 2014. Photo: Axel Schneider © MMK Frankfurt, Courtesy: the artist

Installation view of Repair Analysis at MMK für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt in 2014. Photo: Axel Schneider © MMK Frankfurt, Courtesy: the artist

Installation view of The Continuity of the Dept at KW Berlin in 2013. Courtesy: artist, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne, Photo: Simon Vogel

Installation view of The Continuity of the Dept at KW Berlin in 2013. Courtesy: artist, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Cologne, Photo: Simon Vogel

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