Kader Attia

Kader Attia is the curator for the 12th Berlin Biennale, 2022, and founder of La Colonie. His work has been exhibited worldwide. Recent books include White West, Volume 1: The Afterlife of Fascism and White West, Volume 2: Whose Universal (Sternberg Press).

  • Fragments of Repair

    Kader Attia, Maria Hlavajova, and Wietske Maas

    An activist handbook guided by Kader Attia's proposition of decolonial repair with original essays from diverse global contributors.

    Today's entwined crises, from ecological catastrophe to the COVID-19 pandemic to wars in Ukraine and across the world, reveal deep-seated wounds that issue from historical colonialisms and present-day authoritarianisms, economic disparity and growing racial violence, and the abuses inflicted on vulnerable populations and the planet. To address this disquieting chaos, Fragments of Repair, co-conceptualized by artist and curator Kader Attia with curators and researchers Maria Hlavajova and Wietske Maas, offers a collection of long- and short-form essays, visual essays, and conversations on decolonial repair as both a tool and a tactic of engagement with the current state of the world.

    The book, which includes major voices such as that of Achille Mbembe and Ruth Wilson Gilmore, develops Attia's ongoing inquiry into the possibility of enacting “repair” in the acute context of brokenness, which brings chronic uncertainty, social isolation, exhaustion, loss, and fear into sharper relief. What pathways could repair, rather than return to, past ways? How can we develop collective tools for emancipation and resistance? And, in the face of what is irreparable, how can we meaningfully address wounds and scars, which are deeply tied to European modernity?

    • Paperback $19.95
  • White West, Volume 1

    White West, Volume 1

    The Afterlife of Fascism

    Kader Attia, Anselm Franke, and Ana Teixeira Pinto

    Tracing the relation between fascism and settler colonialism.

    In the aftermath of World War II, the recently liberated nations in Europe were swift to resume colonial oppression abroad. On May 8, 1945, the day victory was celebrated by the Allies, the French police massacred hundreds of townspeople in Sétif, leading the French editor Claude Bourdet to ask, “Are we the Gestapo in Algeria?”

    In Europe, what is called “fascism,” poet Aimé Césaire argued in his famous essay “Discourse on Colonialism,” is just colonial violence finding its way back home. In White West, contributors challenge the Eurocentrism that undergirds the current concept of fascism, tackling the under-theorized relation between settler colonialism and National Socialism via the “proto-totalitarian” scene of colonial expansion and its racialized concept of personhood, in order to counter the antipolitical nature of a concept such as the West, and the resurgence of fascist doctrines this notion engenders.

    Contributors

    Norman Ajari, Florian Cramer, Angela Dimitrakaki, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Quinsy Gario, Larne Abse Gogarty, Rose-Anne Gush, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Sven Lütticken, Olivier Marboeuf, Rijin Sahakian, Nikhil Pal Singh, Françoise Vergès, Marina Vishmidt, Giovanna Zapperi

    • Paperback $29.95