Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary African Art


Kader Attia
scooter shells, card box, fibreglass
63.5 by 83.8 by 38cm., 25 by 33 by 15in.
Executed in 2014
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Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Acquired from the above by present owner


Vienna, Krinzinger Gallery, Complementary Conversations, 2015

Catalogue Note

Untitled (Collage en Volume) is a ready-made motorcycle part, which Kader Attia acquired in Algeria. In its plastic mass-produced form, the work alludes to the structure of an African mask. To the bottom left, a Sofia branded pasteurised margarine wrapper is glued onto the work, further referencing the concept of globalized commercialism in modern Algeria.

As a child who was raised between France and Algeria, Attia was often between worlds of the Christian Occident and the Islamic Maghreb. Much of his work is inspired by the range of differences on cultures, history and social structures in negotiating an identity between North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Attia explores the creation and evolution of individual identity within the globalized contexts of multiple connected cultures.

Kader Attia was exhibited in the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, Sharjah Biennial in 2017, Daka’Art Biennale in 2016 and 2014, Documenta (13) in 2012, the Biennial of Dublin in 2011, and 8th Bamako Encounters – African Biennale of Photography in 2009. Some of his solo exhibitions have been presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, Australia); Museum für Moderne Kunst, Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts in Switzerland, KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Germany); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon.

Modern and Contemporary African Art