Winner of the Joan Miró Award, Attia is the focus of the an exhibition entitled 'Scars remind us that our past is real'.
Kader Attia is a French-Algerian artist who lived in Barcelona for a number of years. His spirit of research, innovation, commitment and freedom has earned him the latest Joan Miró Award from the Joan Miró Foundation and the La Caixa Foundation. The exhibition, which is scheduled to run until 30 September at the Joan Miró Foundation on Montjuïc, features pieces chosen by the artist from his recent production and is titled 'Scars remind us that our past is real'.
The exhibition showcases Attia's main lines of research: the pain of the past and the notion of repair and he contrasts the way that western culture deals with pain – by attempting to the erase physical evidence of what happened – with that of cultures who embrace and even visually highlight the scars left behind by tragic events in a bid to nurture healing. The title of the exhibition is inspired by an excerpt from Cormac McCarthy's novel All the Pretty Horses.
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