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click to enlarge Kader Attia, Gueules Cassées (Broken Faces), 2014

Kader Attia, Gueules Cassées (Broken Faces), 2014

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Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory 

When: Jan. 21-April 16 2017
What does it mean to "fix" something? If a bond—physical, social, psychological—is broken, can it ever truly be reconnected? If so, how can such a repair be achieved? Internationally acclaimed French-Algerian artist Kader Attia mines historical archives to understand complicated relationships between people: colonizer and colonized, master and slave, residents of the geopolitical north and south. He has pursued these inquiries primarily through the lens of colonial legacies, particularly in Africa, and their influence on European modernism. Attia's research residency at Northwestern University's Herskovits Library of African Studies allowed him to spend a year poring over the library's vast collection of books, journals, and ephemera, and conduct interviews with university faculty in disciplines ranging from science and philosophy to history and anthropology. "Reflecting Memory," the result of this deep scholarly engagement, is an exhibition consisting of three collages, one sculpture, and a filmic essay of the same title. It expands on Attia's preoccupation with fraught connections and the ways they manifest themselves through collective and individual memories. Continue reading >>

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