Dalloul Art Foundation

Dalloul Art Foundation

KADER ATTIA KADER ATTIA

KADER ATTIA, Algeria (1970)

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Bio

Written by Arthur Debsi

Born in the Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, France, in 1970 to an Algerian family originally from the mountainous areas around the Algerian city of Constantine, Kader Attia grew up between two countries and cultures. He studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs both in Paris. Then, he completed his education in Escola, Centre d’Arte I Disseny in Barcelona for one year.

At New York’s Guggenheim in May of 2016, Attia built a scale model of the historical Algerian city of Ghardaïa using nearly eight hundred pounds of couscous.

The oeuvre of Kader Attia is the result of the research process, which has led him to tackle multiple issues in his practice. Employing a wide range of mediums such as photography, sculpture, installation, video, or unconventional ones such as couscous and sugar, he likes to work on paradoxical concepts which question the relationship between the humans and their environments: void and emptiness, presence and absence or time and space. In a significant amount of his works, he conceptualizes the notions of repair, which he considers to be a metaphor for cultural re-appropriation and resistance. In the binary world which separates the modern Western world and the traditional non-Western world, he focuses on the cultural gap between the notions of repair in politics, science, nature, and its continuity. Besides, he takes inspiration from what he experiences, what he sees to create pieces almost in the manner of an ethnologist. As part of his Algerian non-military service, Attia traveled to Congo, where he spent several years and witnessed the physical and psychological stigma of colonization. The shared history between France and Algeria, such as the Independence movement between 1954 to 1962 or the civil war in Algeria from 1991 to 2002, provoked large migratory flows. In one way or another, the contemporary artist has been related to those events and their political and sociological impacts on the populations who left their lands and had to adapt to their new homes. 

Kader Attia sees the life in French suburbs as the mirror of the relationship between France and Algeria. In these areas, the past hurts and resentments can sometimes fuel social unrest and other tensions, which encouraged the artist to develop the theme of immigration, often delving into colonial history. In an edition from the series entitled Harragas (2009), refer to the word ‘harragas,’ which means ‘those who burn’ and metaphorically indicates the illegal men, migrants, in the Algerian dialect. Here, Attia collected small pictures of immigrants from North-Africa who tried to cross the Mediterranean sea to enter the European continent illegally. From a closer view, the spectator notices the details of those immigrants sometimes being arrested or rescued from drowning with survival blankets, by the coast guards. The artist interpreted the masterpiece Le Radeau de la Méduse (1818-1819) by the French painter Théodore Géricault (1791-1824) by creating a mise en abyme with pixelized images. He also created a correlation between Harragas and Le Radeau de la Méduse, both symbolizing the fail and the loss of hope. On the other hand, the first example shows people from the former French colonies, whereas the second represents the colonial power – since the frigate was sent to reestablish French presence in West-Africa in 1816.

Kader Attia investigates complex topics through an artistic language that attempts to address the spectator directly. Art expresses reflections and interrogations. He wants to confront the audience to the current difficulties of the world, namely the identities, the emergence of religious dogma, and cultural divergences.

Attia currently lives and works in Berlin.

Sources

Scher, Robin. "In Service of Repair: Vader Attia on Systems of Belief and 'Reason's Oxymorons'." Art News. February 24, 17. http://www.art-agenda.com/reviews/kader-attia’s-“reasons-oxymorons”/.

Weiner, Andrew Stefan. "Kader Attia's "Reason's Oxymorons"." Art Agenda. http://www.art-agenda.com/reviews/kader-attia’s-“reasons-oxymorons”/.

“Kader Attia.” Kader Attia. Accessed April 20, 2020. http://kaderattia.de/.

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CV

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

Modern Genealogy, Gallery Viper, Prague, Czech Republic
Kader Attia- 2009:2019 Films, Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Kader Attia: MATRIX 274, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, US
The Body´s Legacies. The Post-Colonial Body, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, Germany
The Museum of Emotion, The Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Kader Attia. Roots Also Grow In Concrete, Culturgest Fundação Caixa Geral de Depòsitos, Lisbon, Portugal

2018

Héroes Heridos, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Open your Eyes, Museo de Arte de São Paulo, Brasil
Mémoire de l’Oubli, Fondation Francès, Senlis, France
Kader Attia. Scars Remind Us That Our Past Is Real, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
Les racines poussent aussi dans le béton, MAC VAL, Musée d’art contemporain de Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Kader Attia et Jean-Jacques Lebel. L´un et l´autre, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
The Field of Emotion, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
Kader Attia. Reason’s Oxymorons, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, US

2017

Kader Attia. Architektur der Erinnerung, Museum Ludwig, Koblenz, Germany
Reason’s Oxymorons, Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis; Lehmann Maupin, New York, US
Dispossession, mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK
Repairing The Invisible, SMAK, Gent, Belgium
Kader Attia, MCA Sydney; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
Reflecting Memory, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, US

2016

Sacrifice and Harmony, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Prix Marcel Duchamp, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

2015

The Injuries and Here, Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
Ghost, Stiftelsen 3, 14, Bergen, Norway
Reason’s Oxymorons, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, Germany
Scarification, Self Skin’s Architecture, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, Germany
Complementary Conversations, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

2014

Show Your Injuries, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, US
Culture, another nature repaired, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
Contre Nature, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium
Beginning of the World, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China
Injury Continuum, Artpace, San Antonio, US

2013

Repartur 5. Akte, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Continuum of Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Les Terrasses, La Digue du Large, Marseille, France

2012

Construire, déconstruire, reconstruire: Le Corps Utopique, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Essential, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
Collages, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany

2011

Ghost, Galerie Christian Nagel, Antwerp, Belgium

2010

Holy Land, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

2009

Kasbah, Centre de Création Contemporaine de Tours, Tours, France
Signs of Reappropriation, SCAD, Savannah, US
Po(l)etical, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
As a fold, Horizon is not a space, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany

2008

Black & White: sign of times, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Huarte, Huarte, Spain
Signs of Reappropriation, SCAD, Atlanta, US
Kader Attia-New Works, Henry Art Gallery, Faye G. Allen Center for the Visual Art, University of Washington, Seattle, US

2007

Monumentum 9, ICA, Boston, US
Square Dreams, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK
Do what you want but don’t tell anybody, Christian Nagel Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2006

Tsunami, CNAC, Grenoble, France
Kader Attia, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
Sweet sweat, Andréhn-Schiptjenko Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2004

Hallal, Kamel Mennour Gallery, Paris, France

2002

Alter Ego, Kamel Mennour Gallery, Paris, France

2001

Photostories, Martine et Thibault de la Châtre, Paris, France

2000

La Piste d’Atterrissage, l’Atelier, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France

1997

Instants Urbains, Galerie l’Oeil du huit, Paris, France

1996

Humanistes au Congo, Centre Culturel Français de Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Congo

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

Phantom Limb, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai, UAE
When Home Won’t let You Stay. Migration Through Contemporary Art, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, US
bauhaus imaginista, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, US
Love and Ethnology. The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Maske, in der Kunst der Gegenwart, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
Eternal Now, PKM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Open Your Eyes, University of Essex, Colchester Essex, UK
This Skin of Ours, Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, US
10th Cinemigrante International Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Zeig mir deine Wunde, DOM Museum, Vienna, Austria
How the light gets in, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, US
16e Momenta Biennale d’image, La vie des choses, Montréal, Canada
Xenos, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tallinn, Estonia
No, you won’t be naming no buildings after me, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Homeless Souls, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacements, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C, US
Maske. Kunst der Verwandlung, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany
History of Faces: Belting Variations, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
Psyche and Politics, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany
Bauhaus imaginista, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Chennai Photo Biennial 2019, Chennai, India

2018

The 12th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, China
I let them in. Conditional Hospitality and The Stranger, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, US
The Fabric of Felicity, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Trans-Justice: [email protected], MOCA, Taipei, Taiwan
Lydia Cabrera and Edouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking, Americas Society, New York, US
The 12th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea
Manifesta 12, Forcella de Seta, Palermo, Italy
Survival Kit 10 Art Festival, Riga, Latvia
Blind Faith, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body, The Met Breuer, New York, US
Talismans, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France
SeMA Bunker, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Re: Celebrating the Body, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada
Gegen die Strömung. Reise ins Ungewisse
, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

2017

Folklore. Eine Kontroverse mit Werken aus den Sammlungen, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
Prospect 4, New Orleans, US
Field Guide, Inaugural Exhibition, Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada
Anozero — Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Where History Begins, Void Contemporary Art Centre, Derry, Ireland
Sans bride, ni mors, ni rêne, PHAKT – Centre culturel Colombier, Rennes, France
Viva Arte Viva, 57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Sphères Ensemble, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France
New Region of the World, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Cracow, Poland
L’Afrique des routes, Musée du quai Branley, Jacques Chirac, Paris, France
Seht, da ist der Mensch, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg Germany
How To Live Together, Kunsthalle, Wien, Austria
Beautiful Stranger, Museum De Wieger, Deurne, The Netherlands
Haute Tension. Prix Marcel Duchamp, Red Brick Museum, Beijing, China
Utopia / Dystopia, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal
The Restless Earth, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Réparations, Les Turbulences, FRAC Centre, Orléans, France
Contemporary Locus 12, Bergamo, Italy
A Look at the French Scene. Prix Marcel Duchamp, H18 Hangar, Brussels, Belgium
Beyond The Pleasure Principle, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
Haute Tension. Prix Marcel Duchamp, Times Museum, Guangzhou, China
Tamawuj, Sharjah Art Biennial 13, Sharjah, UAE
The White Hunter. African Memories and Representations, FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy
The Shyness of the Crowns, Fonds régional d’art contemporain Lorraine, Metz, France
Kathmandu Triennale, The Siddhartha Arts Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal
Citynature: From Vilnius Further On, National Gallery of Art of Lithuania, Vilnius Lithuania
The Flow Of Forms, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Jaguars and Electric Eels, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, Germany
Doublethink/Doublevision, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
No To The Invasion: Breakdown and Side Effects, Hessel Museum, Bard College, New York, US
Chefs d’Oeuvres de l’Art Moderne et Contemporain Arabe, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

2016

Ein Knacks im Leben. Wir scheitern… und wie weiter? Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Freienbach, Switzerland
IMPERMANENCIA. La mutación del arte en una sociedad materialista, XIII Cuenca Biennal, Cuenca, Spain
Atlas of the ruins of Europe, ​Centro Centro Cibeles, Madrid, Spain
Foreign Gods, Leopold Museum, Wien, Austria
Par tibi, Roma, nihil, Le Palatin, Rome, Italy
But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
Finnish Landscape, Contemporary Art at Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, Checkpoint Helsinki, Finland
The City in the Blue Daylight, Dak’Art 2016, The 12th Biennale of Contemporary African Art in Dakar Musee de l’Ifan, Dakar, Senegal
Lines of Flight, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, US
Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick City, UK
Transcending Material: ICA Collection, Boston ICA, Boston, USA
Not New Now, The Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco
Forum Expanded, 66th Berlinale, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

2015

Streamlines, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Objetos frontera,, CA2M, Madrid, Spain
A fendre le coeur le plus dur, Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Paris, France
DEMONSTRATING MINDS, Disagreements in Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
After Picasso: 80 Contemporary artists, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, US
A story within a story…, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg, Sweden
Nel Mezzo del Mezzo, Museo Riso, Albergo di Poveri, Palermo, Italy
La vie moderne, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France
Sortir du Livre – Suspended Spaces, Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris, France
Concrete, Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
History Lesson, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Springer, nochmals, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Dahlem, Germany
Boundary Objects, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, Germany
After Babel, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
EUROPA. Die Zukunft der Geschichte, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
After year Zero, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
A fendre le cœur le plus dur, FRAC Alsace, Strasbourg, France
Catcontent, Stadtpalais Stadt Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany
Picasso in Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
IN/VISIBLE, ikob – Museum for contemporary art, Eupen, Belgium
Chercher le garçon – Exposition collective d’artistes homes, MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Michel Leiris & Co: Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, Bacon…, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
Invisible Violence, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

2014

The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited, The Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Washington, DC
Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York
 Whorled Explorations, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India
Fragments of Empire, Momentum, Berlin, Germany
Rainbow in the Dark, SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey
The Reluctant Narrator: A survey of narrative practices across media, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
On the beginning of the short 20th century, Recent European art on World War I , Motorenhalle, Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden, German
Time Present- Contemporary Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Singapore
The Theory of Colour, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo-UNAM, Mexico
When Nowhere becomes Here, Poznan Biennale, Poznan, Poland
Cut, Paste, Repair: A Hundred Years of Collage, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas, US
Art Histories, MdM Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Il delitto quasi perfetto, Pac, Milan, Italy
Transfigurations, curatorial and artistic Research in an Age of Migrations, MACBA, Barcelone, Spain
La disparition des lucioles, Collection Lambert, Prison Sainte-Anne, Avignon,     France
Project Hlysnan: The Notion and Politics of Listening, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg
Invisible Violence, Artium, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia
Concrete, MUMA Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield East, Australia
Double Jeu, FRAC Centre, Orléans, France
Precarious Imaging, Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal
Dak’Art 2014, 11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar, Senegal
Hajj, le pèlerinage à La Mecque, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Divine Comedy, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Where are we now?, 5th Marrakech Biennial, Marrakech, Morocco
Trankat Episode #1, Sextant et plus, La Friche La Belle de Mai, Marseille, France
The Crime was almost perfect, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2013

Unstable Territory, Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
After Year Zero, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Museum off Museum, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany
Salon der Angst, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas, Medellín, Colombia
Terms and Conditions, the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Altérité, Je est un Autre, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Art Unlimited, ArtBasel 44, Basel, Switzerland
Le Pont, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, Marseille, France
The World Turned Inside Out, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Every day matters, Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
Le CAPC a 40 ans, CAPC, Bordeaux, France
Modernity? Perspectives from France and Turkey, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
Ici, ailleurs, La Friche La Belle de Mai, Marseille, France

2012

Mirages d’Orient, grenades et figues de barbarie, Chassé-croisé en Méditerranée, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Cartographies of Hope: Change Narratives, DOX – Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic
10 ans du Projet pour l’Art Contemporain, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
The Far and the Near: St Ives and International Art, Tate St Ives St Ives, UK
Glissement de terrain: impertience-Resistance-Survivance, Lanchelevici Museum, La Louviére, Belgium
Die Stadt, die es nicht gibt Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
Liverpool Biennial 2012, Tate Liverpool Collection Exhibition : Tresholds, Liverpool, UK
Performing Histories(1), MoMA, New York, US
Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, Exhibition for the City of Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium
Räume der Erinnerung, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Where is the time? Foundation Izolyatsia Donetsk, Ukraine
Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, US
Documenta (13), Fridericianum Museum, Kassel, Germany
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, 1st Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine
J’ai Deux Amours, Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris, France
Chkoun Ahna, Carthage National Museum, Carthage, Tunisia
Vivement demain, Mac/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
In Other Words, NGBK, Berlin, Germany
Hajj, Journey to the heart of Islam, The British Museum, London, UK
The Rituals of Chaos, The Bronx Museum, New York, US

2011

Beijing Online Inlive – 10 Hands 100 Fingers, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China
Drift- an exploration of urban and suburban landscapes, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Magreb: Dos Orillas, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
SPHERES 2011, 7 énergies autour d’une nouvelle experience d’exposition, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, France
Collector, Collection of the Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Le Tri Postal, Lille, France
The Walls That Divide Us, Apexart, New York, US
Rewriting Worlds, 4th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia
Wunder. Kunst, Religion und Wissenschaft vom 4. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Future of a Promise – Collateral exhibition, Venice Biennale 2011, Magazzini del Sale, Venice, Italy
Dublin Contemporary, Biennale of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Contested Terrains, Tate Modern, London, UK
Evergreen, Crédit Agricole de Montrouge, Montrouge, France
Paris – Delhi – Bombay, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Entre-Temps, Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai, Shanghai, China
New Cartographies, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK
PAX, Fondation Francès, Senlis, France
French Window, Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Strike Oppose, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Living Room Exotica, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
PROJECT EUROPA: Imagining the (Im)possible, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, US
Strike Oppose, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

2010

Told|Untold|Retold, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
Inspiration, Conversations, SUD2010, Douala, Cameroon
De leur Temps (3), FRAC d’Alsace – Sélestat, Grenoble, France
SPHERES 2010, 7 énergies autour d’une nouvelle experience d’exposition, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, France
La Route de la Soie, Le Tri Postal, Lille, France
PICHA, the Image Encounters of Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, Congo
Utopia and Monument II. On Virtuosity and the Public Sphere, Exhibition for the public space, Graz, Austria
The Future of Tradition – The Tradition of Future, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Living in Evolution, Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea
Make Yourself at Home, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Charlottenborg, Denmark
Centenary of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo Nacional de las Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Street & Studio – >From Basquiat to Séripop, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien, Austria
Art Unlimited, Art Basel 41, Basel, Switzerland
Geo-graphics, A Map of Art Practices in Africa, Past and Present, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium
The Flower of May, Kunsthalle Gwangju and City Museum, Gwangju, South Korea
THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Dreamlands, Beaubourg, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

2009

Disorientation II: The Rise and Fall of Arab Cities, Sharjah Art Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Los de arriba y los de abajo, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico DF, Mexico
FIAC, Musée national d’art moderne et contemporain, Algiers, Algeria
Frontières, 8th African Biennale of Photography, Bamako, Mali
Spheres, Le Moulin, Paris, France
Dispositifs optiques, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain
Pulsioni Performative Nell’Arte Contemporanea, Torrione Passari, Molfetta, Italy
Entre-Temps, Espaço Cultural Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeirol; Sao Paulo, Brazil
Cargo, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany
Praxis, Art in Times of Uncertainty, Thessaloniki 2nd Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece
Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Time out of Joint : Recall and Evocation in Recent Art, The Kitchen, New York, US
La Force de l’Art, Paris Triennial, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Nation State, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Integration and resistance in the global era, 10th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
Looking Inside-out, Kunstnernes, Oslo, Norway
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2008

Crossings Traversees, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center, Cairo, Egypt
The Other, 11th International Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt
Travesia, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Réfléchir le Monde, La Centrale Electrique, Brussels, Belgium
Defense, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
Sans frontiers, 30th Pontevedra Art Biennial, Pontevedra, Spain
Representations of the artist as an intellectual, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany
In the Desert of Modernity, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Traversées, Art Paris, Paris, France
Elefante Negro, Diego Rivera Museum, Mexico DF, Mexico

2007

The Big Easy: Relocating the Myth of the «West», ACC Galerie Weimar;
Stiftung Federkiel – Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany
Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Suite Française, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria
Equatorial Rhythms, Sternersen Museum, Oslo, Norway
Theater of Cruelty, White Box, New York, US
Dialogues méditerranéens: Les Jardins de sculptures de la Citadelle, St Tropez, France
De leur Temps (2) art contemporain & collections privées en France, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Signes d’Existence, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
New Economy, The Artists Space, New York, US
Accélération, Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
L‘Emprise du Lieu #4, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
BLACK PARIS. Kunst und Geschichte einer schwarzen Diaspora 1906 – 2006,Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany

2006

1st Art, Landscape & Architecture Biennial, Canary Islands, Spain
Nuit Blanche, Paris, France
Infinities, Art Unlimited Art Basel 37, Basel, Switzerland
Notre Histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2005

Regards des photographes arabes contemporains, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Meeting Point, Sternersen Museum, Oslo, Norway
Expérience de la durée, 8th Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France
Living for the City, J. Shainman Gallery, New York, US
The Loop, Art Unlimited, Art Basel 36, Basel, Switzerland
SingulierS, Guangdong Museum of Art, Canton, China
In between times, Tramway, Glasgow, UK

2004

The Sweatshop, Art Position, Art Basel Miami, Miami, US
Near East Project, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Continental Breakfast, Belgrade– 45th October Salon, Belgrade Cultural Centre, Serbia
Shake, Villa Arson, Nice, France
Shake, OK, Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria

2003

Correspondance, Statement Area, Art Basel 34, Basel, Switzerland
Fault Lines, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Voyages d’Artistes, Foundation Electra, Paris, France
Ouvertures Algériennes: créations vivantes, La Criée,Rennes, France

2002

Les vertus sont des titres, les souffrances sont des droits, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France

2001

L’Alchimie de la rencontre, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France
L’état des choses part.1, KW, Institut for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

Collections

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, US
Jumex Collection, Mexico
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
Tate Modern, London, UK
Ramzi & Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon
SMAK- Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium
Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Prizes

2017

The Joan Mirò Prize, Fundacio Juan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
Yanghyun Art Prize, Seoul, South Korea

2016

Winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Paris, France

2015

Ruth Baumgarte Art Award, June 4th, 2016 at Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2014

Kunstpreis Berlin Jubiläumsstiftung 1848/1948, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

2010

Paul D. Fleck Fellowship, Banff, Canada
Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship Program, Washington DC, US
Abraaj Capital Prize, Dubai, UAE

2008

Cairo Biennale, Prize of the Biennale, Cairo, Egypt

2005

Nominee for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Paris, France

1997

The Leica Special Prize, ” Une Algérie d’ Enfance”, Paris, France

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