Kader Attia  Intifada: The Endless Rhizomes of Revolution

10/06/2024 – 16/06/2024

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Press Release

Kader Attia’s installation uses the letter ‘Y’ as a figure of branching and splitting, joining and holding together. The single epistemological figure grows into a rhizomatic structure of slingshots, reminiscent of young trees and Nature’s reproductive and branching agency. It also recalls the First Intifada 1987 (also known as the Stone War), when Palestinian youths used such devices to throw stones at heavy weaponry. The work physically and aesthetically evokes the inherited nature of traumas that are passed down from one generation to the next, shaping the biographies of individuals – and thus the destiny of entire societies for centuries. It serves as a metaphor for the organic reappropriation of Nature’s resilience and resistance to the human species and for the endless agency of revolution through which oppressed societies have always emancipated themselves.

Kader Attia (born 1970 in Dugny, France) focuses his work on collective trauma and notions of repair, exploring the far-reaching emotional implications of cultural obfuscation in the history of colonialism, Western cultural hegemony and systems of power on non-Western subjectivities. Attia lives and works in Berlin and Paris.