French-Algerian Artist Kader Attia Wins Joan Miró Prize

BY Katrina Kufer / Oct 18 2017 / 12:37 PM

Artist wins the 2017 edition of the prize for post-colonial work

French-Algerian Artist Kader Attia Wins Joan Miró Prize
Photography by Sam Mertens. Image courtesy of the artist.
Kader Attia

Kader Attia is the sixth recipient of the $82,000 biennial award, which celebrates artists working with post-colonial themes with the same creativity and spirit as Miró. “Attia’s passionate engagement with current affairs and with the shared fate of humanity [which] 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,” said the jurors in a statement released this week.

Attia’s upbringing in France and Algeria, as well as time spent in Spain, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Venezuela all contributed to his themes, which tackled the effects of colonialism in culture, nature, science and gender studies, while simultaneously offering propositions for repair.  His works have been on display at institutions such as MoMA, the Guggenheim, Tate Modern, the Centre Pompidou, and the 50th and 57th Venice Biennales, and Attia has an upcoming solo exhibition at the the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona in 2018.

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