Kader Attia

French-Algerian artist Kader Attia (born 1970) works across diverse media including collage, photography, video, sculpture and installation. This major new survey exhibition encompasses over a decade of the artist’s practice.

Exploring ideas around cultural exchange, appropriation, and the tangled relationship between extra-Occidental cultures and the West in the wake of decolonisation, Attia articulates theories of ‘injury’, ‘repair’ and ‘reparation’ through his practice. These ideas are expressed through two- and three-dimensional works that juxtapose broken objects, including African masks with visible repairs, alongside Classical statuary and documentary imagery of World War 1 veterans with significant facial injury and surgical reconstruction.

This beautifully presented, full colour, hardback exhibition catalogue features a foreword by Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE and Max Delany, an interview by curator Rachel Kent and an essay by artist Kader Attia.


30 September – 19 November 2017
Kader Attia
Editor: Rachel Kent
Published 2017
© Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
ISBN: 9781921034909