The 12th Shanghai Biennale: Proregress

Kader Attia

Born in 1970 in France, grew up in Paris and in Algeria, and now lives and works in Berlin and Paris. 

Preceding his studies in Paris and Barcelona, he spent several years in Congo and in South America. Kader Attia’s intercultural and interdisciplinary approach of research explores the perspective societies have on their history, especially as regards experiences of deprivation and suppression, violence and loss, and their traces in collective memory. His socio-cultural research has led him to the notion of Repair: Describing an infinite process closely linked to loss and wounds, to recuperation and re-appropriation. Repair reaches far beyond the subject and involves it in evolutionary processes in nature, culture, myth and history. In 2016, Kader Attia founded La Colonie, a space in Paris providing an agora for vivid discussion. Focusing on decolonialisation of knowledge, attitudes and practices, it aspires to de-compartmentalise knowledge by a transcultural, transdisciplinary and transgenerational approach.