Raised in a French North African community, Kader Attia explores the complex relationship between East and West, Europe and its immigrants and the conflicts of identity that lie beneath the increasing turmoil in French society today.
In Attia’s work shown in Disorientation II, young people from the poor neighbourhoods of Algiers gather on a beach called Rochers Carrés, after which this series of photographs is titled. The sea separates these youths from their dreams of a better life, yet their despair and loss of hope is mirrored by that of the young, living across the sea, in the French banlieues.
He has exhibited widely with solo and group exhibitions including the Sydney Biennale (2010), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010), the Havana Biennale (2009), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Huarte, Spain (2008), the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2008), the ICA, Boston (2007), BALTIC Centre, UK (2007) and the Lyon Biennale (2005). In 2009 he was commissioned to create the production designs for Rambert Dance Company's The Comedy of Change. In 2005 he was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, and in 2009 he received the Cairo Biennale Prize and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize. Attia is a fellow of the Smithsonian Institution’s Artist Research Program. His work is in the collection of Tate, London and the Sharjah Art Foundation.
21.11.09 – 20.02.10
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Curated by Sharjah Art Foundation President Hoor Al Qasimi
14.11.11 – 15.01.12
Collections Building, Arts Area, Heart of Sharjah