previews

  • “Kader Attia: The field of emotion”

    The Power Plant
    231 Queens Quay West
    January 27 - May 13

    Curated by Carolin Köchling with Nabila Abdel Nabi

    For more than two decades, French-Algerian artist Kader Attia has used different media—including sculpture, installation, photography, and video—to develop the concept of repair as an “endless process of intellectual, cultural, and political adjustments.” At the crux of Attia’s investigation is the strategy of reappropriation, a tactic illuminated in a wide constellation of historical references, such as the writings of Frantz Fanon. Attia’s far-reaching, intersectional practice transverses historical and cultural axes, pointing to the embeddedness of power relations and the necessity of confronting acts of colonial dispossession to begin healing injured psyches and bodies. For this solo exhibition—Attia’s first in Canada—the artist will develop a context-specific work that considers a Canadian history of oppression. The installation J’accuse and the film Reflecting Memory, both 2016, will also be on view. Travels to the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, June 6–September 9.