Acclaimed artist Kader Attia to unveil new solo exhibition

Northwestern Now: Summaries

“Reflecting Memory,” 2016, 40 min, HD film, courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Galleria Continua, and Galerie Krinzinger
First solo show in Chicago for 2016 Marcel Duchamp Prize winner
Exhibition inspired by cross-disciplinary research at Northwestern
Jan. 21 opening reception includes a public conversation with the artist
Artist commission from Block Museum premiered at Centre Pompidou

EVANSTON— Internationally-acclaimed French-Algerian artist Kader Attia, known for provocative exhibitions exploring colonial legacies, will unveil a solo exhibition of new work commissioned by Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art.“Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory” will run Jan. 21 to April 16, 2017, at the Block Museum, 40 Arts Circle Drive, on the Evanston campus.Attia is internationally recognized for a rigorous, research-based practice that he translates through a variety of media including photography, sculpture, installation and video. His work frequently reflects on the wide-ranging effects of colonialism, the repercussions of Western power on non-Western cultures and the physical and psychological impact of trauma and its aftermath, which Attia examines as a kind of “repair.”Based in part on the artist’s research in the collections of Northwestern University’s Herskovits Library of African Studies and interviews with University faculty across disciplines, Attia’s Block installation features collage, sculpture and an extended film-essay that premiered at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in October 2016.Featuring new work commissioned by the Block, “Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory” is Attia’s first solo presentation of work in Chicago or the Midwest.  The artist’s 2017 schedule also includes exhibition stops at the Sarjah Biennial in Dakar, Lehmann Maupin in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. “We have been honored to host Attia here at Northwestern University as he has created his new work. He has drawn extensively on the University’s ‘brain trust’– its faculty, its students, the Block team and the world-renowned Herskovits Library,” said Lisa Corrin, …

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