French-Algerian artist Kader Attia was in residence at the Herskovits Library of African Studies during the Spring 2016 quarter. He will present an exhibition at the Block Museum in Winter 2017 that will be informed by his research in the collections of the Herskovits Library. Attia’s residency is co-presented by the Block Museum of Art and the Northwestern Library.
A predominant strain of Attia’s practice is engaged with a reconsideration of archives in order to explore what the artist see as the inextricably linked enterprises of colonialism, particularly in Africa, and the development of modernism in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Attia, Kader. "The Loop." e-flux journal 65 (May-August 2015)
Attia, Kader, Emily Butler, Magnus Petersens, and Kim West. Kader Attia: Continuum of Repair : the Light of Jacob's Ladder. London: Whitechapel, 2014.
Attia, Kader, Courtney J. Martin, and Laurie A. Farrell. Kader Attia: Signs of Reappropriation : Sept. 22-Nov. 30, 2008, Scad Atlanta ... Feb. 13-March 22, 2009, Scad Savannah. Savannah: Savannah College of Art and Design, 2009.
Attia, Kader, Yves Aupetitallot, and Thierry Prat. Kader Attia: Musée D'art Contemporain, Lyon, Le Magasin, Centre National D'art Contemporain, Grenoble. Zurich: JRP/Ringier, 2006.
Attia, Kader, and Jerôme Sans. Kader Attia: Alter Ego : 19 Avril-14 Mai 2002, Galerie Kamel Mennour. Paris: Edition Mennour, 2002.