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“Reflecting Memory” by Kader Attia Film Screening & Panel Discussion

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29 November, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Lehmann Maupin, together with Para Site, invite you to a film screening of Kader Attia’s 2016 work “Reflecting Memory,” which won him the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2016, and was exhibited in his 2018 solo exhibition at the Fundació Joan Miró.


This film screening is organized on the occasion of Attia’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, “Héroes Heridos,” on view at Lehmann Maupin until December 22, 2018.



This event is free and open to the public. Seating begins at 6:30PM. The screening will start promptly at 7:00PM and will be followed by a panel discussion at 7:45PM.



Claire Shea: Para Site, Deputy Director

John Tain: Asia Art Archive, Head of Research

HG Masters: ArtAsiaPacific, Editor-at-Large



Location: JC Cube Auditorium, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts

Seating opens: 6:30PM

Film Screening: 7:00PM

Panel Discussion: 7:45PM

The duration of the film is approximately 45 minutes.



The notion of “repair” as both a physical and symbolic act is at the core of much of Kader Attia’s work. “Reflecting Memory” (2016) takes up the subject of the phantom limb and examines the impact of trauma and its aftermath. Featuring a series of interviews with academics, medical professionals, historians, and musicians, it explores the underlying causes of psychological trauma and the physical manifestations of such pain. The film draws a link between a lost part of the body and a lost part of society through genocide, illuminating that these losses remain ever-present as a result of their erasure.



Kader Attia (b. 1970, Dugny, France; lives and works in Berlin and Paris) grew up in Algeria and the suburbs of Paris. Drawing from his experience of living within two disparate cultures, he has developed a dynamic practice that examines the intricacies of social, historical, and cultural differences across the globe. Attia’s installations and sculptures offer a poetic yet highly explicit reading of the relationships between Western and non-Western cultures. Through complex investigations of architecture, the human body, literature, and history, Attia demonstrates how individual and cultural identity is constructed within the context of colonial domination and conflict. Using artifacts, discarded quotidian objects, and wartime ephemera, Attia transforms the space of the gallery into one of introspection, allowing the viewer to become aware of the complicated and often inaccurate depiction of our multiple histories. Attia believes that through this type of reappropriation, disparities between superior/inferior, traditional/modern, and exotic/familiar can begin to dissolve.


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