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Kader Attia. Photo: Michael Danner

Kader Attia Awarded 2017 Joan Miró Prize for Post-Colonial Work

The Joan Miró Prize has named Kader Attia as the sixth recipient of its $82,000 biennial award. Attia was recognized for his work focusing on postcolonialism. His works have been exhibited at institution such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou, as well as at the Fiftieth and Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennales.

The jurors noted that the artist’s practice explores the enduring effects of colonialism, and they stated: “Attia’s passionate engagement with current affairs and with the shared fate of humanity has close links to Joan Miró’s involvement in the critical episodes that marked his generation, while Attia’s unique take on complex, often traumatic, human relationships across cultures resonates with Miró’s universal aspirations.”

The prize honors artists whose creativity and spirit align with that of the award’s namesake. Attia’s experiences growing up between the suburbs of Paris and Algeria, and while living in Barcelona, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Venezuela, inform his works, which frequently address how colonialism manifests in culture, nature, science, and gender studies, and how to “repair” the damages it has caused. His work will be featured in an upcoming solo show produced by the “La Caixa” Foundation, premiering at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona in 2018.

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