Kader Attia
5 Acts
26. 5.– 25. 8. 13
Exhibition / Basis

REPAIR. 5 ACTS at KW Institute for Contemporary Art is French-Algerian artist Kader Attiaʼs first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. Attia develops a site-specific installation in five acts, which continues his ongoing artistic research into cultural exchange processes between occidental and extra-occidental cultures. REPAIR. 5 ACTS draws from historical African cult objects as well as from the history of European art, combining and fusing different historical and political places, times, mediums and materials.

REPAIR. 5 ACTS combines seemingly unrelated topics, such as the European approach to its own colonial past and its current policy of integration, or theories of identity construction. With this installation, Attia further examines his longstanding research into processes of re-appropriation, as most recently presented at dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel. A fundamental reference point of REPAIR. 5 ACTS is the productivity of dissonance: What is generated in the gap between the rational and the abstract; between culture, politics, and science on the one hand, and spiritualism and metaphysics on the other? REPAIR. 5 ACTS both binds and separates those complex universes.

Kader Attiaʼs (born in 1970 in Dugny) work is influenced by his life experiences between different cultures and places, and their contrasting structures. Attiaʼs photographs, videos and large-scale installations explore the rich potential between sensual experiences of form and rational construction of reality.

Kader Attia: REPAIR. 5 ACTS is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
With the kind support of the Office for Visual Art/Institut français and the French Ministery of Culture and Communication.
With additional support of Galerie Nagel Draxler, Galleria Continua and Galerie Krinzinger.
Funded by KW Friends.

Fragmental #2, 2013 Drawing on printed Image
© Kader Attia, 2013

Act 1: Culture, installation view
Wooden masks, mirror, steel
Maße variabel
Courtesy: the artist, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Galleria Continua, Galerie Krinzinger
Photo: Uwe Walter

Act 3: Science
Repaired mirrors, lithographs, wooden mask
Dimensions variable
Courtesy: the artist, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Galleria Continua, Galerie Krinzinger
Photo: Uwe Walter