Kader Attia Opens Independent Project Space in Paris

Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper reports that the artist Kader Attia has opened a new three-story exhibition and events space in Paris today. The new venue, close to the Gare du Nord train station and cofounded with the restaurateur Zico Selloum, is called La Colonie.

It’s opening is “in tribute to those who died demonstrating for an independent Algeria in Paris on this day in 1961,” Attia said. Around three hundred Algerians are thought to have died due to police brutality on that day.

The space will host workshops, conferences, lectures, and readings. Details of the exhibition schedule are yet to be announced. Attia has emphasized that La Colonie is an independent project and receives no state subsidy: “Everyone brought something, from the paint to the furniture. My mother and other mothers in our neighborhood are preparing a couscous [meal] for everyone on October 21.” He added that he hopes to “gather people from all horizons, from academics to social workers in the banlieues [suburbs] who educate young boys and girls.”

Attia was born in France in 1970 and grew up in the suburbs of both Paris and Algeria. His experience of growing up in two different cultures informs his artistic practice. His recent exhibitions “Sacrifice and Harmony” (2016), at Museum Für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt; “The Injuries Are Here” (2015), at the Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts de Lausanne in Switzerland; and “Culture, Another Nature Repaired” (2014), at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp.