Special Event / Talks and Readings / Vis Art / 25 November

Artist Talks Series: KADER ATTIA

Tickets: 5 Euro / the event is free for VAI Members, People in Direct Provision, Unemployed (with Social Welfare Card), and OAPs.
Show Time: 6-8 pm

Screening and conversation on Monday 25 November 2019 in the Cube

VAI, in partnership with Project Arts Centre, welcome Kader Attia to Ireland to present on his recent work. The event will include a screening of Réfléchir la Mémoire / Reflecting Memory (2016), which will be followed by a Q&A. The event will be introduced and moderated by Lívia Páldi, Curator of Project Arts Centre.

Kader Attia’s video Réfléchir la Mémoire / Reflecting Memory (2016) explores phantom limb syndrome, a medical condition in which amputees experience sensations relating to a missing body part, and considers it as a metaphor for unresolved, collective trauma. Mixing documentary and poetical imagery, Attia’s video features interviews with a wide range of people – from surgeons and amputees, to therapists and dub musicians. Over the course of these interviews, Attia explores the way in which the medical phenomenon relates to the social as well as the individual body.
Duration: 48 min

Curators’ text:

Hidden Objects. LÍVIA PÁLDI SPEAKS TO KADER ATTIA ABOUT HIS RESEARCH AND PRACTICE. Published in Visual Artists’ News Sheet / January – February 2020



Kader Attia, Réfléchir la Mémoire / Reflecting Memory, 2016 (still)
single-channel HD digital video projection, colour, sound.
Courtesy of the artist, Galleria Continua, Galerie Krinzinger, Lehmann Maupin, and Galerie Nagel Draxler.
Photo: Kader Attia.

Kader Attia, Untitled, 2017
Sculpture. Ceramic, metal wire, diameter 25,3 cm
Exhibition view “Reflecting Memory”, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, 2017
Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Continua
Photo: Ela Bialkowska

Kader Attia: L’Empreinte de l’Autre, 2016
Installation. Paper-maché packaging of maufactured goods, metals stands, white wooden plinths
Exhibition view “Prix Marcel Duchamp”, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2016
Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Galerie Krinzinger, Lehman Maupin, Galleria Continua and Private Collection
Photo: Vanni Bassetti




Kader Attia’s work has been shown in group shows and biennials such as the 12th Shanghai Biennial; the 12th Gwangju Biennial; the 12th Manifesta, Palermo; the 57th Venice Biennial; dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel; Met Breuer, New York; Kunsthalle Wien; MoMA, New York; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; or The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York — just to name a few. Notable solo exhibitions include ‘The Museum of Emotion’, The Hayward Gallery, London; ‘Scars Remind Us that Our Past is Real’, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona; ‘Roots also grow in concrete’, MacVal in Vitry-sur-Seine; ‘The Field of Emotion’, The Power Plant, Toronto; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; ‘Repairing the Invisible’, SMAK, Ghent; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; ‘Sacrifice and Harmony’, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main; ‘The Injuries are Here’, Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts de Lausanne; ‘Contre Nature’, Beirut Art Center; ‘Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder’, Whitechapel Gallery, London; and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.

In 2016, Kader Attia was awarded with the Marcel Duchamp Prize, followed by the Prize of the Miró Foundation, Barcelona, and the Yanghyun Art Prize, Seoul, in 2017.


The event is supported by Visual Artists Ireland and presented as part of VAI’s preparations for their 2020 40th Anniversary Lifelong Learning Programme.

Project Arts Centre is proud to be supported by the Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.

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