The Act of Healing: Kader Attia’s ‘Héroes Heridos’
Why We Recommend it
Joan Miró Prize-winning artist Kader Attia’s film Héroes Heridos (2018) and his other recent works remind visitors why historical trauma should be felt and remembered.
Recognised for his rigorous, research-based practice in photography, sculpture, installation, and video, Kader Attia (b. 1970, Dugny, France) sources traditional tribal art objects and places them in contemporary contexts, questioning the complicated and often inaccurate depiction of multiple histories.
Curated by Lehmann Maupin, this is Attia’s first show in Hong Kong. The exhibition confronts visitors with works that examine the notion of repair as a global and cultural phenomenon in response to historic and collective trauma.
Works exhibited include a series of collages juxtaposing reference material illustrating African masks with images of battle injuries suffered by soldiers; Mirrors (2014), a series in which Attia visualising the interdependent dichotomy of injury and healing or repair through stark canvases that bare violent slashes stitched back together; and his film Héroes Heridos (2018), which highlights the challenges and indignities faced by immigrants, and the efforts they are making to change their treatment and legal status.