Kader Attia. Scars remind us that our past is real

Temporary exhibitions

Dates
Intifada: The Endless Rhizomes of Revolution, 2016. Installation. Metallic sculptures, rubber, stones, newspapers, photocopies. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Krinzinger. Photo: Axel Schneider © Kader Attia, VEGAP, 2018

The exhibition featuring French-Algerian artist Kader Attia, the winner of the latest edition of the Joan Miró Prize, is an introduction to his output from the past few years. Selected especially by the artist, these pieces revolve around the notion of repair, one of his main areas of interest.

For Kader Attia, the West deals with repair by trying to erase all physical evidence, whereas in other cultures the marks left by traumatic events are accepted or even given a visual treatment that highlights them. Kader Attia develops his work from the areas of friction between cultures that have suffered unequal relationships and that reveal the disparity in the ways of facing the pain of the past. For the artist, covering up the traces of tragic episodes from a shared past does not help to heal the deepest wounds. The title of the exhibition is inspired by an excerpt from All the Pretty Horses, the novel by Cormac McCarthy published in 1992.

The Joan Miró Prize is awarded every two years by the Fundació Joan Miró and Obra Social "la Caixa", in recognition of present-day work by artists who show the same spirit of exploration, innovation, commitment and freedom that characterised Joan Miró's life and work.

Intifada: The Endless Rhizomes of Revolution, 2016. Installation. Metallic sculptures, rubber, stones, newspapers, photocopies. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Krinzinger. Photo: Axel Schneider © Kader Attia, VEGAP, 2018
Mirrors, 2018. Stitched canvas. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Tony Hafkenscheid © Kader Attia, VEGAP, 2018

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Free guided tours

Beginning 23 June
Catalan: Saturdays at 11 am
Spanish: Saturdays at 12:30 pm

Sign language tour

Saturday, 30 June at 12:30 pm

In collaboration with:

  • Obra Social la Caixa