Kader Attia: The Field of Emotion


“The question of the status of cultural objects and their restitution necessitates the recognition of strategies of dehumanization and the loss suffered by colonized societies, injuries that continue to haunt the present.” — Carolin Köchling, p85

The 11th title in the Power Plant Pages series, this publication is produced in conjunction with the exhibition Kader Attia: The Field of Emotion, curated by Carolin Köchling, organized by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and presented 27 January - 13 May 2018.

In his installations, collages, and videos, Kader Attia places the notion of repair at the centre of his practice. His works highlight differences between Western modes of repair that attempt to erase imperfection and those that mend while maintaining the visual traces of injury, such as in some African and Japanese traditions. Examining the ways in which Western societies erase injury and imperfection, Attia looks to the treatment of both objects and the body, viewing them as artifacts which physically and symbolically hold the marks of history.

The publication features texts by Kader Attia, Joan Kee, Carolin Köchling, and Gaëtane Verna.

Product Information

  • Publisher:  The Power Plant
  • Year: 2020
  • ISBN: 9781894212731
  • Pages: 111
  • Illustrations: 57 colour illustrations
  • Dimensions: 19.5 x 15 cm, hardcover
  • Availability: In stock
  • Other Information:  
    The Power Plant is committed to sustainable publishing.
    This publication is printed locally on 100% post-consumer, chlorine-free, FSC-certified paper.