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Artist Kader Attia Receives France’s Marcel Duchamp Prize

The artist Kader Attia is the recipient of France’s Marcel Duchamp Prize. The prize, started in 2000 by the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF) in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, is worth more than $38,000. It is a major award given to artists who raise the profile of challenging French art throughout the world. The other three finalists for the prize, who, with Attia, will also receive exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, are Barthélémy Toguo, Yto Barrada, and Ulla von Brandenburg.

Attia was mentioned in for opening a three-story event and exhibition space in Paris—called La Colonie—on October 17, 2016. La Colonie will not receive any funding from the French government. Though no exhibitions schedule for the space has been finalized, a number of conferences, workshops, readings, and lectures are in the works.

Manthia Diawara, in the artist’s profile from the February 2014 issue of Artforum, writes, “Attia does not merely represent or document commonalities, he activates them in the service of what he calls reappropriation. To reappropriate is to reverse the ‘powerful system of appropriation’ that is Western universalism, not through simple negation but through creative reengagement.”