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Kader Attia Artist Talk

Part of Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion

Kader Attia’s groundbreaking work explores the key issues of our time. Hear the artist discuss the themes behind The Museum of Emotion at this event.

Defining himself as an activist as well as an artist, Attia has over the past 20 years set out to create artworks that engage our capacity for thinking as well as feeling, and provoke what he calls a ‘real, fundamental dialogue’ about the world in which we live.

At once personal and political, Attia’s sculpture, videos and large-scale installations engage with the legacy of violent conflict, the relationship between the individual and the state, and the way in which colonialism continues to shape how Western societies represent and engage with non-Western cultures.

In this talk, which takes place on the opening day of his solo exhibition The Museum of Emotion, Attia discusses some of themes, approaches and ideas that inform his work, including the idea of repair as both a physical and a symbolic act.

Kader Attia (b. 1970, Paris, France) lives and works in Berlin. In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp prize for his video work Reflecting Memory, and in the same year set up La Colonie, a cafe and discussion space in the multicultural neighbourhood near Paris’ Gare du Nord station. Solo exhibitions of Attia’s work have been held in museums and galleries around the world, including Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona (2018); MAC VAL: Musee d’art contemporain de Val-de-Marne (2018); and The Power Plant, Toronto (2018).

Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion is at Hayward Gallery from Wednesday 13 February to Monday 6 May 2019.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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