Kader Attia was the recent recipient of the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp, France’s most prestigious art award. Central to his presentation at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris was the extraordinary 48-minute film Reflecting Memory (2016), which forms a highlight of the current exhibition. Exploring themes of injury, therapy and the ‘phantom limb’, it opens up ideas around trauma and its unseen repercussions, for both the individual and wider society.
Curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent, this is the first solo presentation of Kader Attia’s work in the Southern Hemisphere.
The exhibition will be presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, from 12 April – 30 July, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, from 30 September – 19 November 2017
Exploring ideas around cultural exchange, appropriation, and the tangled relationship between cultures and the West in the wake of decolonisation, Attia illustrates ideas of 'injury’, 'repair’ and 'otherness’ through two and three-dimensional works.