Published by Spector Books. Edited by Ellen Blumenstein.
The manifold entanglements of African and Western culture are a central motif in the oeuvre of the Algerian-French artist Kader Attia. The influence of traditional African architecture on European modernism forms the background for his voluminous spatial installations, videos and photographs, as much as the reappropriation of North and South American black music within African Jazz and Pop of the 1960s up to the 1980s. His work manifests the productivity of dissonance; where African masks, stuffed animals, scientific instruments, and historical artifacts seemingly have nothing in common, the artist unearths connections between Europe’s handling of its own colonial history, current migration politics, and the urbanistic realities of its metropolises of today. Based on Kader Attia’s solo show Repair: 5 Acts at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, this publication focuses on works from the years 2008–2013 and places them in a broader art historical concept.
Published by Kerber. Edited with text by Susanne Gaensheimer, Klaus Görner. Text by Philippe Dagen, Iwona Blazwick, Irit Rogoff.
Sacrifice and Harmony brings together a wealth of materials, images and texts on new works by French-Algerian artist Kader Attia (born 1970). Featuring transcriptions of various interviews from his video installation, “Reason’s Oxymorons,” the book also contains essays on his concepts of “repair.”
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Nicole Schweizer. Text by Kobena Mercer, Noémie Etienne, Monique Jeudy-Ballini, Brigitte Derlon.
This monograph gives a comprehensive overview of the variety and scope of the research carried out by Kader Attia (born 1970) over the past 15 years, using media as varied as installation, video, photography and collage. The book highlights the ways in which Attia addresses the global entanglement of culture, politics and identity.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Yves Aupetitallot, Thierry Prat. Text by Jean-Louis Pradel, Tami Katz-Freiman.
Kader Attia was born into the North African immigrant community of the banlieue, Paris's gritty suburbs. His work, which examines the tangle of identity conflicts that have contributed to recent political turmoil there, has been influenced by his European training, by two years in Congo, and by much beyond those two apparent extremes. It is rooted in the complex relations between East and West, and reflects their charged connections, where a scrambled home culture meets a seductive consumer culture. This first monograph includes his installations for the 2003 Venice Biennale and Art Basel Miami in 2004, along with video, photography and drawings. His most recent projects include the critically acclaimed "Flying Rats" of the Lyon Biennale 2005--a schoolyard enclosed in a cage, in which 45 children sculpted in grain were slowly eaten by 150 pigeons--and "Fortune Cookies," which saw an entire Chinese restaurant bought in Paris shipped back to its country of alleged origin.