Kader Attia travelled to Africa with photos of the injured that he had found in German and French historical archives and, working with traditional craftspeople, sculpted busts from the photos in the former colonies. The work deals with the horrors of war but also references the relationship between western modernity and Africa – and turns history around. The Kunsthaus Zürich purchased one of these busts for its collection in 2015 and has since added further works by the artist. They are now on display in the exhibition, alongside loans from other museums and from private collections.
Curator: Mirjam Varadinis
Supported by Swiss Re – Partner for contemporary art, the Yanghyun Foundation and the Dr. Georg and Josi Guggenheim Foundation.
Kader Attia, Culture: Another Nature Repaired, 2014 (detail), installation view: Musée cantonal des beaux-arts, Lausanne, 2015, photo: Nora Rupp, courtesy of the artist, © 2019 ProLitteris, Zurich