International 2012 Archives
Galleria Continua is pleased to present Essential, a new solo exhibition by Kader Attia. The project comprises a series of recent works, some of which have never been shown in Italy.
A French artist of Algerian origin, Kader Attia quickly and forcefully made a name for himself on the international art scene. Taking the plurality of his cultural background as a point of departure, the artist tackles themes regarding the relationship between East and the West, with particular reference to the complex historic events associated with colonialism and its consequences. He investigates the concept of diversity, be it cultural or religious, sexual or socio-
« Between the moment in which a spirit imagines something it wants to realize and the moment in which the thing is realized, there exists a temporal void , a space. » It is that same infinitesimal space which Michel Foucault identified between the elaboration of a thought and the moment in which it is expressed verbally. This is the reflection chosen by Attia to introduce Mimetism (2011). The work consists of a sheet of lead placed on a pedestal. Lead is a ductile material, which can be manipulated in any way without it ever breaking. The viewer has the possibility to give this sheet any sculptural form whatsover, expressing through this action, the creative desire within us all. Mimetism is conceived as an endless sculpture which materializes the thought, emotions and fantasies of the viewer.
Fullness and emptiness, the formal tension between presence and absence, and the metaphysical distance between artist, object and observer are the underlying concerns of Attia’s work. The artist is fascinated by what takes place in the physical and temporal space between two things. His practice focuses on the experience rather than the result, on the rendering visible of what is absent besides what is present. To resist is to remain invisible is what is written -
An evanescent, fleeting gesture is also represented in Revolution. Of the lemma that Attia traces with water on a large shhet of paper, there remains just the slight wrinkling produced vy the water wich has dried, and a video of the performance.
Many of Attia’s works dwell on the theme of boundaries, of geographic borders, of pysical and social barriers. Untitled (Concrete blocks) is a large installation made from a series of concrete blocks arranged in a spiral. Until the age of 16, the artist used to spent his summers at Bab el Oued, one of the poorest suburbs in Algiers. Near this neighbourhhod is a pier named Roches Carré. The beach -
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From then an access to the sea became difficult and dangerous ; the « Roches Carré » had not just created a full-
Also geaturing in the show is Inspiration / Conversation, a video installation where two sreens transmit the image of two faces on profile which, face to face, blow into an empty bottle. Recurring here once again is the concepte of emptiness but also of a retrieved everyday object, which, through this action, becomes something else : a sculpture, a trunk, a body extension, a sexual organ. As the artist comments, « we must rediscover our vital, repetitive, orgasmic movements : a cry, a breath, a movement. Re-
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