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Born in Senna-Saint-Denis (France) in 1970. He lives and works in Berlin and Algiers

Kader Attia (b. 1970, France), grew up in both Algeria and the suburbs of Paris, and uses this experience of living as a part of two cultures as a starting point to develop a dynamic practice that reflects on aesthetics and ethics of different cultures. He takes a poetic and symbolic approach to exploring the wide-ranging repercussions of Western modern cultural hegemony and colonialism on non-Western cultures, investigating identity politics of historical and colonial eras, from Tradition to Modernity, in the light of our globalized world, of which he creates a genealogy. For several years, his research focuses on the concept of Repair, as a constant in Human Nature, of which the modern Western Mind and the traditional extra-Occidental Thought have always had an opposite vision. From Culture to Nature, from gender to architecture, from science to philosophy, any system of life is an infinite process of repair. 

He is the winner of 2017 Joan Miró Prize and in 2016 he won the Prix Marcel Duchamp.

Recent exhibitions include Reflecting Memory at Centre Pompidou, Sacrifice and Harmony, a solo show at the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, The Injuries are Here a solo show at the Musée Cantonaldes Beaux Arts de Lausanne, Culture, Another Nature Repaired, a solo show at the Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Contre Nature, a solo show at the Beirut Art Center, Continuum of Repair: The Lightof Jacob’s Ladder, a solo show at Whitechapel Gallery, London, Repair. 5 Acts, a solo show at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Construire, Déconstruire, Reconstruire: Le Corps Utopique, a solo show at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Biennale of Dakar, dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Performing Histories (1) at MoMA, New York.

Study and Teaching


Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France


Escola de Artes Applicades "La Massana", Barcelona, Spain


Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués "Duperré", Paris, France

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Kader Attia: On Silence, Mathaf, Doha, Qatar

Fragments of Repair, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands

Kader Attia: The Museum of Repair, State of Concept, Athens, Greece


Irreparáveis Reparos, Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil

Kader Attia. Remembering the Future, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland


Kader Attia, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA.

Kader Attia, Le BAL, Paris / France.

The Museum of Emotion, The Hayward Gallery, London, UK.


Kader Attia. Roots Also Grow In Concrete, Culturgest Fundação Caixa Geral de Depòsitos, Lisbon, Portugal

Open your Eyes, Museo de Arte de São Paulo / Brasil

Mémoire de l'Oubli, Fondation Francès, Senlis, France

Kader Attia. Scars Remind Us That Our Past Is Real, Premio Joan Miró, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain

Les racines poussent aussi dans le béton, MAC VAL, Musée d’art contemporain de Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

The Field of Emotion, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

Kader Attia. Reason’s Oxymorons, Hood Museum of Art, Darmouth College, Hanover, USA


Reflecting Memory, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy

Kader Attia, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia

Kader Attia. Architektur der Erinnerung, Museum Ludwig Koblenz, Germany

Repairing The Invisible, SMAK, Gent, Belgium

Kader Attia, MCA, Sydney, Australia

Reason’s Oxymorons, Kemper Art Museum ; Washington University, St. Louis, USA

Reflecting Memory, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, US Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Narrative Vibrations, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

Kader Attia. Architektur der Erinnerung, Museum Ludwig, Koblenz, Germany

Reason’s Oxymorons, Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, US

Dispossession, mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK


Sacrifice and Harmony, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Reason’s Oxymorons, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, Germany

Scarification, Self Skin’s Architeture, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, Germany

The Injuries are here, Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Complementary Conversations, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

Ghost, Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway


Kader Attia, Galleria Continua , Les Moulins, Paris, France

Continuum of Repair : The Light of Jacob’s Ladder, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Belgium

Culture, Another Nature Repaired, Middelheim Museum, Antwerpen, Belgium

Show your Injuries, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

Beginning of the world, Galleria Continua /Beijing


Continuun of Repair: The Light of Jacob’s Ladder, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

REPAIR. 5 ACTS, Kunst Werke Museum, Berlin, Germany

Les Terrasses, Public Commission, outdoor work, La Digue du Large, Marseille, France


Construire, Déconstruire, Reconstruire: Le Corps Utopique, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

Collages, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany

Essential, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy


Ghost, Galerie Christian Nagel, Antwerp, Belgium


Holy Land, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy


Signs of Reappropriation, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA

As a fold, Horizon is not a space, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany

Kasbah, Centre de Création Contemporaine de Tours, Tours, France

Po(l)etical, Krinzinger gallery, Vienna, Austria

Failures, Noga gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel


Signs of Reappropriation, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, USA

Black & white : signs of times, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Huarte, Huarte, Spain

Kader Attia – New Works, Henry Art Gallery, Faye G. Allen Center for the Visual Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, USA


Momentum 9, ICA, Boston, USA

Square Dreams, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK

Who cares ? , Haïfa Museum of Art, Haïfa, Israel

Do what you want but don’t tell anybody, Christian Nagel gallery, Berlin, Germany


Tsunami, Magasin, CNAC, Grenoble, France

Kader Attia, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France

Sweet sweat, Andréhn-Schiptjenko gallery, Stockholm, Sweden


The Gallery, Sketch, London , UK


HALLAL, Kamel Mennour gallery, Paris, France


Alter Ego, Kamel Mennour gallery, Paris, France


Photostories, Martine et Thibault de la Châtre, Paris, France


La Piste d’Atterrissage, l’Atelier, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France


Instants Urbains, Galerie L’œil du huit, Paris, France


Humanistes au Congo, Centre culturel Français de Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Congo

Selected Group Exhibitions


Thinking Historically in the Present, Sharjah Biennial 15, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.


On Caring, Repairing and Healing, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany

Still Alive, AICHI Triennale, Nagoya, Japan

May 18 Democratization Movement, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Venice, Italy

Espressioni. Con frazioni, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy

Objets Migrateurs, Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille, France


Mindbombs. Visuelle Kulturen politischer Gewalt, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany

OIL. Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany

Bon Voyage. Reisen in der Kunst der Gegenwart, Ludwig Forum,  Aachen, Germany

Dance?, Centro Atlàntico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Spain

The 13th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea


Time Present. Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, Palais Populaire, Berlin, Germany

Empört euch! Kunst in Zeiten des Zorns, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany

Transhuman. Von der Prothetik zum Cyborg, Museum Ulm, Ulm, Germany

Tell me about yesterday tomorrow, NS Dokumentationszentrum München, Germany

Mythologies – The Beginning and End of Civilizations, Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark

Schall und Rauch. The Roaring 20s, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland

Image Wars. The Power of Images, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria

Down to Earth, Gropius Bau, Berlin

Our World is Burning, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Participation Mystique, Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China

When Home Won’t let You Stay. Migration Through Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, USA

Daily Nightshift, Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerpen, Belgium


Phantom Limb, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

When Home Won’t let You Stay. Migration Through Contemporary Art, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA

bauhaus imaginista, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA

Love and Ethnology. The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Maske, in der Kunst der Gegenwart, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

Open Your Eyes, University of Essex, Colchester Essex, UK

This Skin of Ours, Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, USA

10th Cinemigrante International Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Zeig mir deine Wunde, DOM Museum, Vienna, Austria

how the light gets in, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

16e Momenta Biennale d’image, La vie des choses, Montréal, Canada

Xenos, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tallinn, Estonia

No, you won’t be naming no buildings after me, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Homeless Souls, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacements, The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, USA

Maske. Kunst der Verwandlung, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany

History of Faces: Belting Variations, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

Psyche and Politics, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany

bauhaus imaginista, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Chennai Photo Biennial 2019, Chennai, India


Mental Models: The psyche as political arena, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany.

Bauhaus Imaginista: Learning From, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, USA.

Proregress, The 12th Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, China.

Show Me Your woundDom Museum, Wien

Lydia Cabrera and Edouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking, Americas Society, New York, US

Survival Kit 10 Art Festival, Riga, Latvia

The 12th Gwangju BiennialGwangju, South Korea

Trans-Justice: Paracolonial@technologyMoCA, Taipei, Taiwan

The Fabric of FelicityGarage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

Migrant Bauhaus. Bauhaus Imaginista: Learning FromSesc Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brasil

SeMA  Bunker, Seoul Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea

Il Giardino Planetrario. Coltivare la coesistenza - Manifesta 12, Forcella de Seta, Palermo, Italy 

Blind Faith: Zeitgenössische Kunst zwischen Intuition und Reflexion, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Talismans, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France

Re: Celebrating the Body, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada

Gegen die Strömung. Reise ins Ungewisse, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

L'Un et l'Autre, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Le Grand Ecart, 10 nommés du Prix Marcel Duchamp,  Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing, China

Anche le statue muoiono, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo / Fondazione Museo delle Antichità Egizie, Torino, Italy

THE SHYNESS OF THE CROWNS, Sogn Og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Førde, Norway

Against the Current. Journey into the Unknown, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany


Prospect 4, Triennial of Contemporary Art, New Orleans, US

Folklore. Eine Kontroverse mit Werken aus den SammlungenMuseum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

New Region of the WorldBunkier Sztuki Gallery, Cracow, Poland

Réparations, Les Turbulences, FRAC Centre, Orléans, France

How To Live Together, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

Beyond The Pleasure PrincipleZacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

Sharjah Art Biennial 13Tamawuj, Sharjah

The Shyness of the CrownsFonds régional d’art contemporain Lorraine, Metz, France

The Flow Of FormsPinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

Jaguars and Electric Eels, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, Germany

Doublethink/DoublevisionPera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

The Restless EarthTriennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

Kathmandu TriennaleThe Siddhartha Arts Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal

Seht, da ist der Mensch, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany

Sans bride, ni mors, ni rênePHAKT - Centre culturel Colombier, Rennes, France

THE WHITE HUNTER, African Memories and representations, FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy

A look at the French scene, Centre d’Art Hangar H18, Bruxelles, Belgium

Anozero - Bienal de Arte Contemporânea de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Where History Begins, Void Contemporary Art Centre, Derry, Ireland

VIVA ARTE VIVA– La Biennale di Venezia, 57. Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, Venezia, Italy

L'Afrique des routes, Musée du quai Branley, Paris, France

Kader Attia e Daniel Buren, Spazio 22, Milano, Italy

Beautiful Stranger, Museum De Wieger, Deurne, Netherlands

HIGH-TENSION – A look at the French scene, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China

Utopia/Dystopia Part II, MAAT, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal

HIGH-TENSION – A look at the French scene, Times Museum, Canton, China

La Terra Inquieta / The Restless Earth, Triennale di Milano, Milano, Italy

Réparations, Les Turbulences, FRAC Centre, Orléans, France 

Contemporary Locus, Ex Albergo Diurno, Bergamo, Italy

Citynature: From Vilnius Further OnNational Gallery of Art of Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania


Lines of Flight, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, US

Utopia/Dystopia Part IIMuseum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal

Atlas [of the ruins] of Europe​Centro Centro Cibeles, Madrid, Spain

Par tibi, Roma, nihilLe Palatin, Roma, Italia

The City in the Blue Daylight, Dak’Art 2016, 12th Dakar Bienniale, Dakar, Senegal

But a Storm is Blowing from ParadiseSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US

Still (the) BarbariansEVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City, Ireland

Not New Now, 6th Marrakech BiennaleMarrakech, Morocco

Forum Expanded, 66th BerlinaleAkademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

Traversing The PhantasmBerlinale Berlin International Film Festival, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

La fine del mondo, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy 

Foreign Gods, Leopold Museum, Wien, Austria 

Marcel Duchamp Prize, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Finnish Landscape, Contemporary Art at Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, Checkpoint Helsinki, Finland

The City in the Blue Daylight, Dak’Art 2016, The 12th Biennale of Contemporary African Art in Dakar, Musee de l’Ifan, Dakar, Senegal

Lines of Flight, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, USA

But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

2016 : Not New Now, The Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco

Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City, UK

IMPERMANENCIA. La mutación del arte en una sociedad materialista, XIII Cuenca Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador 

Ein Knacks im Leben Wir scheitern... und wie weiter? , Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon, Switzerland 

Historycode Scarsity and Supply, Nanjing International Art Festival, Bajia Lake Museum, Nanjing, China 


Nel Mezzo del MezzoMuseo Riso / Albergo di poveri, Palermo, Italy

After BabelModerna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Invisible ViolenceSalzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

Streamlines, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

A fendre le coeur le plus dur, Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Paris, France

Boundary Objects, CA2M, Madrid, Spain

DEMONSTRATING MINDS, Disagreements in Contemporary Art, Kiasma – Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

The Body into Pieces, Centre Pompidou de Malaga, Malaga, Spain

La vie moderne, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France

After Picasso: 80 Contemporary artists, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA

A story within a story…, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg, Sweden

Sortir du Livre – Suspended Spaces, Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris, France

History Lesson, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Springer, nochmals, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Dahlem, Germany

Boundary Objects, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, Germany

After Babel, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

EUROPA, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

After year Zero, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

A fendre le coeur le plus dur, FRAC Alsace, Strasbourg, France

IN/VISIBLE, ikob – Museum for contemporary art, Eupen, Belgium

Catcontent, Stadtpalais Stadt Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany

Michel Leiris & Co: Picasso Mirò, Giacometti, Bacon…, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France

Picasso in Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

Concrete, Tophane-I Amire Culture and arts Center, Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi, Istambul, Turkey

The body into pieces, Centre Pompidou de Malaga, Malaga, Spain

Le Corbusier dans l’Art Contemporain, Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris, France

Chercher le garçon – Exposition collective d’artistes homes, MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

Invisible Violence, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburger, Austria

Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India


Rainbow in the DarkSALT Galata, Istanbul , Turkey

Fragments of Empire, Momentum, Berlin , Germany

On the beginning of the short 20th century, Recent European art on World War IMotorenhalle, Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden , Germany

Whorled ExplorationsKochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India

When Nowhere becomes HerePoznan Biennale, Poznan, Poland

The Reluctant Narrator: A survey of narrative practices across mediaMuseu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell RevisitedSavannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Time Present- Contemporary Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Cut, Paste, Repair: A Hundred Years of CollageSicardi Gallery, Houston, TX

Il delitto quasi perfettoPac, Milan, Italy

Art HistoriesMdM Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Transfigurations, curatorial and artistic Research in an Age of MigrationsMACBA, Barcelone , Spain

Concrete, MUMAMonash University, Melbourne , Australia

La disparition des luciolesCollection Lambert, Prison Sainte-Anne, Avignon , France  

Project Hlysnan: The Notion and Politics of ListeningCasino Luxembourg - Forum d'Art Contemporain, Luxembourg , Luxembourg

Invisible ViolenceArtium, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art, Vitoria , Spain, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia

Double JeuFRAC Centre - Orléans, Orléans, France 

Precarious ImagingRaw Material Company, Dakar , Senegal 

Hajj, le pèlerinage à La MecqueInstitut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

Divine ComedyMMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

Tranka Episode #1  -  Sextant et plusLa Friche La Belle de Mai, Marseille, France

The Crime was almost perfect, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Nederlands

The Theory of Colour, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo-UNAM, Mexico DF, Mexico

Dak'Art 2014, 11ème Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar, Senegal

Where are we now? , 5th Marrakech Biennial, Marrakech, Morocco


After Year Zero, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Salon der Angst, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas, Medelin, Colombia

Territori instabili / Unstable Territory, Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy

Museum off Museum, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany

Le Pont, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille, Marseille, France

Art Unlimited, ArtBasel 44, Basel, Switzerland

Every day matters, Faurschou Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark

Le CAPC a 40 ans, CAPC, Bordeaux, France

Rethinking Modernity, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey

Ici, ailleurs, La Friche La Belle de Mai, Marseille, France

The World Turned Inside Out, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Terms and Conditions, the Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, China

Altérité, Je est un Autre, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France


Fruits de la Passion, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Performing Histories (I) , Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

The Repair from Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures, Fridericianum Museum, DOCUMENTA(13), Kassel

Newtopia. The state of Human Rights, Menchelen, Belgium

Liverpool Biennial, Thresholds, works from the Tate Collection, Liverpool, UK

Glissement de terrain: impertience-Resistance-Survivance, Le musée lanchelevici, La Louviére, Belgium

Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA

Where is the time? , Foundation Izolyatsia, Donetsk, Ucraina

Spaces of Remembrance, Kunsthalle of Dusseldorf, Germany Biennale Kiev, Kiev

Hajj, Journey to the heart of Islam, the British Museum, London, UK

The Rituals of Chaos, The Bronx Museum, New York, USA

Erinnerungsräume, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, 1st Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine

Chkoun Ahna, National Museum of Carthage, Carthage, Tunisia

In Other Words, NGBK, Berlin, Germany

10 ans du Projet pour l'Art Contemporain, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Mirages d'Orient, grenades et figues de barbarie, Chassé-croisé en Méditerranée, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France

The Far and the Near: St Ives and International Art, Tate St Ives, St Ives, UK

Die Stadt, die es nicht gibt, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany

Cartographies of Hope: Change Narratives, DOX - Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

Vivement demain, Mac/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Art Basel Miami Beach 2012, Miami, USA

Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, exhibition for the City of Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium

The Rituals of Chaos, The Bronx Museum, New York / USA

Räume der Erinnerung, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times, 1st Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine

Unheimliche Reisen, Archiv trifft Gegenwart, Dienstgebäude, Zurich, Switzerland


Beijing Online Inlive - 10 Hands 100 Fingers, Galleria Continua, Beijing / China

After the Rage, Beton7, Athens, Greece

J'ai Deux Amours, Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration, Paris, France

Drift- an exploration of urban and suburban landscapes, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

The Walls That Divide Us, Apexart, New York, USA

Magreb: Dos Orillas, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

SPHERES 2011, 7 énergies autour d’une nouvelle expérience d’exposition, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, France

Collector, Collection of the Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Le Tri Postal, Lille, France

Rewriting Words, 4th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia

Wunder. Kunst, Religion und Wissenschaft vom 4. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

Dublin Contemporary, Biennale of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Entre Temps, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Contested Terrains, Tate Modern, London / UK

French Art Today: Marcel Duchamp Prize, National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Gwacheon, South Korea

The Future of a Promise - Collateral exhibition, Venice Biennale 2011, Magazzini del Sale, Venice, Italy

Evergreen, Crédit Agricole de Montrouge, Montrouge, France

Paris – Delhi – Bombay, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Entre-Temps, Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai, Shanghai, China

French Window, Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan

PAX, Fondation Francès, Senlis, France 

Strike Oppose, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Living Room Exotica, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland 

PROJECT EUROPA:  Imagining the (Im)possible, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA


La Route de la Soie, New Chinese, Indian and middle eastern art from the Saatchi Gallery, Lille 3000, Tri Postal, Lille, France

PICHA festival, Lubumbashi Image Encounters, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Living in Evolution, Busan Biennal 2010, Busan Yacht Center, Gwangalli Beach, South Corea

Make Yourself at Home, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

Geo-graphics, A Map of Art Practices in Africa, Past and Present, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium

THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Dreamlands, Beaubourg - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Told/Untold/Retold, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar

The Future of Tradition - The Tradition of Future, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Street & Studio – From Basquiat to Séripop, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien, Austria

The Flower of May, Kunsthalle Gwangju and City Museum, Gwangju, Korea

Art Unlimited, Art Basel 41, Basel, Switzerland

PastPresentFuture – Highlights from the UniCredit Group Collection, Centro Culturale Yapı Kredi, Istanbul

SUD 2010, Salon Urbain de Douala, festival triennal d'art public, Espace doual'art centre d'art contemporain Place du Gouvernement Bonanjo, Douala, Camerun

Centenary of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile

PROJECT EUROPA: Imagining the (Im)possible, The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art - University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

Utopia and Monument II. On Virtuosity and the Public Sphere, Exhibition for the public space, Graz, Austria

SPHERES 2010, 7 énergies autour d’une nouvelle expérience d’exposition, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, France

Lo spazio del sacro, Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy

De leur temps (3), FRAC d’Alsace – Sélestat, Grenoble, France ; Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France 

FotoGrafia IX Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, Italy

Living in Evolution, Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea

Biennale de Belleville, Paris, France

Make Yourself at Home, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Charlottenborg, Denmark

Unerwartet. Von der islamischen Kunst zur zeitgenössischen Kunst,  Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany

Entre Temps, LoftProject ETAGI, Saint Petersburg, Russia


Disorientation II, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Los de arriba y los de abajo, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico DF, Mexico

FIAC, Musée national d'art moderne et contemporain, Algiers, Algeria

Frontières, 8th African Biennale of Photography, Bamako, Mali

Sphères, Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel, France

Dispositifs optiques, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain

Cargo, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany

Pulsioni Performative Nell’Arte Contemporanea, Torrione Passari, Molfetta, Italy

Entre-Temps, Espaço Cultural Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Time out of Joint : Recall and Evocation in Recent Art, The Kitchen, New York, USA

Praxis, Art in Times of Uncertainty, Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece

La Force de l’Art 02, Paris Triennial, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Entre-Temps, MIS - Museu da Imagem E Do Som, Sao Paulo SP, Brazil

Integration and resistance in the global era10th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba

ART TEL AVIV 09, Tel Aviv, Israel

Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, SAR

Nation State, The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Looking Inside-out, Kunstnernes, Oslo, Norway

Unveiled: New Art from the middle east, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Collection 10, IAC - Institut d´art contemporain - Frac Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France 

Gagarin the Artists in their Own Words – The first Decade, SMAK, Gent, Belgium

Mehr als ein T-Shirt, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany

Praxis, Art in Times of Uncertainty, Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece 

Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation,  Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, SAR

Calling Forth, The Kitchen; New York, USA

FIAC 2009, Tuileries Gardens, Paris, France

The Other, Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt

Crossings Traversees, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center, Cairo, Egypt

Travesia, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Réfléchir le Monde, La Centrale Electrique, Brussels, Belgium

In the Desert of Modernity, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Defense, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

Pontevedra Biennale, Pontevedra, Spain

Representations of the artist as an intellectual, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany


Traversées / Crossings, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center, Cairo, Egypt

The Other, 11th Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt

Travesia, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Réfléchir le Monde, La Centrale Electrique, Brussels, Belgium

In the Desert of Modernity, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Defense, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

Iaspis Open House, Autumn 2008, International Artist Studio Programme Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden

Pontevedra Biennale, Pontevedra, Spain

Representations of the artist as an intellectual, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany

Traversée, Art Paris, Paris, France

Elefante Negro, Diego Rivera Museum, Mexico DF, Mexico


The Big Easy, ACC Galerie Weimar, Weimar, Germany

The Big Easy: Relocating the Myth of the "West",  Stiftung Federkiel - Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany

Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid , Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

Suite Française, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria

Alles klar? Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Ägypten, Kunstverein Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Theater of Cruelty, White Box, New York,  USA

New Economy, Artists Space, New York, USA

Suite Française, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria

Temporally, The Israeli Center of Digital Art, Holon, Israel

De leur Temps (2), Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

Dialogues méditerranéens, St. Tropez, France

Accélération, Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

L‘Emprise du Lieu #4, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France

Politics of Fear, Albion, Londres, UK

Sculpture Park, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK

Equatorial Rhythms, Sternersen Museum, Oslo, Norway

Signes d’Existence, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile


1st Art, Landscape & Architecture Biennial, Canary Islands, Spain

BLACK PARIS. Kunst und Geschichte einer schwarzen Diaspora, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany

Nuit Blanche, Paris, France

Arabic views, Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark

Notre histoire : une scène artistique française émergente, Palais de Tokyo, Paris / France, 2006

Infinities, Art Unlimited, Art Basel 37, Basel, Switzerland

Take a walk on the wild side, de Pury & Luxembourg gallery, Zurich, Switzerland


Regards des photographes arabes contemporains, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

In between times, Tramway, Glasgow, UK

Meeting Point, Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway

Expérience de la durée, 8th Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France

SingulierS, Guangdong Museum of Art, Canton, China

Big Bang, Jewish Art and History Museum, Paris, France

Living for the City, J. Shainman gallery, New York, USA

The Loop, Art Unlimited, Art Basel 36, Basel, Switzerland


Near East Project, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

Continental Breakfast, Belgrade, Serbia 

Shake, OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria

Shake, Villa Arson, Nice, France


Fault Lines, Contemporary African Art and shifting landscapes, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Voyages d’Artistes, Foundation Electra, Paris, France

Ouvertures Algériennes : créations vivantes, La Criée, Rennes, France


Les vertus sont des titres, les souffrances sont des droits, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême / France


L’Alchimie de la rencontre, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims / France

The State of Things, part.1, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin / Germany



Restitution-Reparation?, Milstein Hall Auditorium, Cornell University, New York, Usa

Reflecting Memory with kader Attia, Cornell faculty and graduate students, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Gussman Wing Lecture room

Artist’s Talk: Kader Attia in Conversation with Stefania PandolfoBAMPFA, Berkeley, Uaa

Repairing the Invisible. Kader Attia, in conversation with Souleymane Bechir Diagne, Columbia University, Columbia University, Maison Française, Buell Hall, New York


Stealing From The West. Kulturelle Aneignung als postkoloniale Vergeltung, Pluriviale VII, Akademie der Kuenste der Welt, Cologne, Germany

Round Table: Artists, Museums, and Future Collections, Goethe Institut, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Ready-Made Century, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany


Suspended Spaces – Discover / Uncover Modernism, Paris, France

Whitechapel, London, UK

Document, fiction et droit, Wiels, Bruxelles, Belgium

After Year Zero, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

Inventions et réinventions des arts primitifs, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

The Culture of Fear : An Invention of Evil, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

HomeWorks, Ashkal Awan, Beirut, Lebanon

Curatorial/Knowledge seminar, Goldsmiths, London, UK


Matters of Collaborations, Collaboratoire 3, Dakar, Senegal

Modern Monday, MoMA, New York, USA

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France


Suspended Spaces, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon

Interface, Université La Sorbonne, Paris, France

Un Temps de l’Art, Université Rennes 2, Ecole supérieure européenne d’art de Bretagne, Rennes, France

Festival de l’Histoire de l’Art, Fontainebleau, France

Kunst Afrikas , Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany


The Serpentine Map Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

Warsaw Under Construction II, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie, Warsaw, Poland

Kader Attia : Void’s Geometries, The British Museum, in collaboration with the Tate, London, UK

After Post-colonialism: Transnationalism or Essentialism?, panel discussion, Tate Modern, London, UK

The Falmouth Convention, University College Falmouth, Falmouth, UK

SITAC VIII, International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory, Mexico DF, Mexico

Clinicas symposium, Mexico DF, Mexico


Eastwards = westwards, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands

Artistic Design of the ballet « Comedy of Change » by Rambert Dance Company, UK



Winner of Joan Miró Prize, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona


Winner of Marcel Duchamp Prize, Centre Georges Pompidou


Kunstpreis Berlin Jubiläumsstiftung 1848/1948, Akademie der Künste, Berlin / German


Paul D. Fleck Fellowship, Banff, Canada

Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship Program, Washington DC, USA

Abraaj Capital Prize, Dubai, UAE


Cairo Biennale, Prize of the Biennale, Cairo, Egypt


Nominee for the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Paris, France


The Leica Special Prize / " Une Algérie d 'Enfance”, Paris, France



artpace, San Antonio / USA


The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada


JCVA, Jerusalem, Israel

IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden

Public Commissions


Les Terrasses, outdoor work, La Digue du Large, Marseille, France.

Curatorial Projects


Curator, Berlin Biennale 12, Berlin, Germany

Collections, Museums, Foundations

Ludwig Stiftung, Aachen / Germany

Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf / Germany

MOMA, New York / USA

Margulies Collection, Miami, USA

Tate Modern, London / UK

Boston ICA, Boston / USA

Moderna Museet, Stockholm / Sweden Barjeel Art Foundation / UAE

Sharjah Art Foundation / UAE

MAHTAF / Qatar

Jumex Collection / Mexico DF, Mexico

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris / France

Collection Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris / France Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon / France

Mac/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine / France Société Générale, Paris / France

Géotec Collection / France Fondation Francès / France

Fonds National d’Art Contemporain / France

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Centre - Orléans / France 

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Poitou-Charente / France

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain des Pays de la Loire / France

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Lorraine / France

IAC Villeurbanne / France MMK Frankfurt / Germany

Museum der Moderne, Salzburg / Austria

Deutsche Bank / Germany

UniCredit Art Collection/ Austria

Vanmoerkerke Collection / Belgium

La Collection Uhoda / Belgium

Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland / Germany 

Deutsche Bank Collection / Germany

Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, Paris / France 

Irene Panagopoulos Collection, Athens / Greece

S.M.A.K., Gent / Belgium 

Vehbi Koc Foundation, Istanbul / Turkey