Kader Attia is an artist who grew up in Paris and in Algeria and spent several years in Congo and in South America. His socio-cultural research led Attia to the notion of Repair, a concept he has been developing philosophically in his writings and symbolically in his oeuvre as a visual artist. In 2016, Attia founded La Colonie, a space in Paris to provide an agora for vivid discussion. Attia’s work has been shown in group shows, such as the Shanghai Biennial; the Gwangju Biennial; Manifesta, Palermo; the Venice Biennale; documenta, and in solo exhibitions at The Hayward Gallery, London, The Power Plant, Toronto; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.
The discussion raises contemporary questions of restitution of cultural property taken during periods of colonial expansion.