Kader Attia Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Kader Attia


Aluminium foil

Dimensions variable
In Ghost, a large installation of a group of Muslim women in prayer, Attia renders their bodies as vacant shells, empty hoods devoid of personhood or spirit. Made from tin foil - a domestic, throw away material - Attia’s figures become alien and futuristic, synthesising the abject and divine. Bowing in shimmering meditation, their ritual is equally seductive and hollow, questioning modern ideologies - from religion to nationalism and consumerism - in relation to individual identity, social perception, devotion and exclusion. Attia’s Ghost evokes contemplation of the human condition as vulnerable and mortal; his impoverished materials suggest alternative histories or understandings of the world, manifest in individual and temporal experience.

Kader Attia's Biography

Kader Attia
Born in 1970, Dugny (Seine Saint-Denis)
Lives and works in Paris


Holy Land, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

Po(l)etical, Krinzinger gallery, Vienna, Austria
As a fold, Horizon is not a space, galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany
Kasbah, Centre de Création Contemporaine de Tours, Tours, France
Signs of Reappropriation, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA
Failures, Noga gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Signs of Reappropriation, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, USA
Black & white : signs of times, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Huarte, Huarte, Spain
Kader Attia – New Works, Henry Art Gallery, Faye G. Allen Center for the Visual Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Momentum 9, ICA, Boston, USA
Square Dreams, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK
Who cares ?, Haïfa Museum of Art, Haïfa, Israel
Do what you want but don’t tell anybody, Christian Nagel gallery, Berlin, Germany

Tsunami, Magasin, CNAC, Grenoble, France
Kader Attia, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
Sweet sweat, Andréhn-Schiptjenko gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

The Gallery @ Sketch, London , UK

HALLAL, Kamel Mennour gallery, Paris, France

Alter Ego, Kamel Mennour gallery, Paris, France

Photostories, Martine et Thibault de la Châtre, Paris, France

La Piste d’Atterrissage, l’Atelier, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France

Instants Urbains, Galerie L’œil du huit, Paris, France

Humanistes au Congo, Centre culturel Français de Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Congo


Geo-graphics, A Map of Art Practices in Africa, Past and Present, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium
THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Dreamlands, Beaubourg - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Told/Untold/Retold, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
The Future of Tradition - The Tradition of Future, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Busan Biennale, Busan, Corea
Centenary of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile
PROJECT EUROPA: Imagining the (Im)possible, The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art - University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

Disorientation II, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Los de arriba y los de abajo, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico DF, Mexico
FIAC, Musée national d'art moderne et contemporain, Algiers, Algeria
Frontières, 8th African Biennale of Photography, Bamako, Mali
Sphères, Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, France
Dispositifs optiques, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain
Cargo, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany
Pulisoni Performative Nell’Arte Contemporanea, Torrione Passari, Molfetta, Italy
Entre-Temps, Espaço Cultural Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ART TEL AVIV 09, Tel Aviv, Israel
Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, SAR
Nation State, The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Time out of Joint : Recall and Evocation in Recent Art, The Kitchen, New York, USA
Praxis, Art in Times of Uncertainty, Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece
La Force de l’Art, Paris Triennial, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Entre-Temps, MIS - Museu da Imagem E Do Som, Sao Paulo SP, Brazil
Integration and resistance in the global era,10th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
Nation State, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Looking Inside-out, Kunstnernes, Oslo, Norway
Unveiled: New Art from the middle east, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom.

The Other, Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt
Crossings Traversees, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center, Cairo, Egypt
Travesia, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Réfléchir le Monde, La Centrale Electrique, Brussels, Belgium
In the Desert of Modernity, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Defense, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
Pontevedra Biennale, Pontevedra, Spain
Representations of the artist as an intellectual, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany
Traversée, Art Paris, Paris, France
Elefante Negro, Diego Rivera Museum, Mexico DF, Mexico

Suite Française, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria
The Big Easy, ACC Galerie Weimar, Weimar, Germany
The Big Easy: Relocating the Myth of the "West", Stiftung Federkiel - Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany
Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid , Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Temporally , The Israeli Center of Digital Art, Holon, Israel
De leur Temps (2), Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Sulpture Park, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
Equatorial Rhythms, Sternersen Museum, Oslo, Norway
Theater of Cruelty, White Box, New York, USA
Signes d’Existence, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
New Economy, The Artists Space, New York, USA
Dialogues méditerranéens, St Tropez, France
Accélération, Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
L ‘Emprise du Lieu #4, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
Politics of Fear, Albion, Londres, UK

1st Art, Landscape & Architecture Biennial, Canary Islands, Spain
BLACK PARIS. Kunst und Geschichte einer schwarzen Diaspora, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany
Nuit Blanche, Paris, France
Infinities, Art Unlimited, Art Basel 37, Basel, Switzerland
Take a walk on the wild side, de Pury & Luxembourg gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Notre Histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Meeting Point, Sternersen Museum, Oslo, Norway
In between times, Tramway, Glasgow, UK
Regards des photographes arabes contemporains, Institute of the Arab World, Paris, France
Big Bang, Jewish Art and History Museum, Paris, France
Expérience de la durée, 8th Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France
Living for the City, J. Shainman gallery, New York, USA
The Loop, Art Unlimited, Art Basel 36, Basel, Switzerland
SingulierS, Guangdong Museum of Art, Canton, China

The Sweatshop, Art Position, Art Basel Miami, Miami, USA
Videozone, Video Art Biennale, Herzliya Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Near East Project, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfort, Germany
Continental Breakfast, Belgrade, Czech Republic
Shake, OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria
Shake, Villa Arson, Nice, France

Correspondance, Statement Area, Art Basel 34, Basel, Switzerland
Fault Lines, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Voyages d’Artistes, Foundation Electra, Paris, France
Ouvertures Algériennes : créations vivantes, La Criée, Rennes, France

Les vertus sont des titres, les souffrances sont des droits, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France

L’Alchimie de la rencontre, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France
L’état des choses part.1, Kunst-werke, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Berlin, Germany