Visual Artists Ireland and Project Arts Centre present

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Artist Talks Series: Kader Attia

Dates: 25 Nov - 25 Nov

Show Time: 6pm

Tickets: €5 (Free for VAI Members, People in Direct Provision, Unemployed, and OAPs)

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 (b. 1970, France), grew up in Paris and in Algeria. Preceding his studies at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and at Escola Massana, Centre d’Art i Disseny in Barcelona, he spent several years in Congo and in South America.In 2016, Kader Attia founded La Colonie, a space in Paris to share ideas and to provide an agora for vivid discussion. Focussing on decolonialisation not only of peoples but also of knowledge, attitudes and practices, it aspires to de-compartmentalise knowledge by a trans-cultural, trans-disciplinary and trans-generational approach. Driven by the urgency of social and cultural reparations, it aims to reunite which has been shattered, or drift apart.

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.

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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

Visual Artists Ireland operates a wide range of professional development training and events throughout the year including workshops, peer discussion groups, seminars, talks and our annual national day for the visual arts event ‘Get Together’.

Attending one of our events offers much more than learning as Visual Artists Ireland workshops combine with our other support services. When making a decision of what workshop to attend, remember that VAI also provides follow up support, help desk, and advice after you have finished the workshop. Members of VAI receive not only a discount on workshop spaces, but also have free access to our news service, as well as the ability to have their profile listed in our Arts Directory. In many cases, for the cost of a standard ticket you could become a member of VAI and cover the cost of a Members’ Rate ticket.

VAI works in partnership with Local Authorities, visual arts venues and others, combining resources to support the professional development of visual artists at regional level.

Find out more at www.visualartists.ie

 Image: Kader Attia Portrait © Michael Danner

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