Magazine article Sculpture

Middelheim Museum

Magazine article Sculpture

Middelheim Museum

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Antwerp

Kader Attia

Through March 29, 2015

Paris-based Attia takes a confrontational approach to questions of community, diversity, exile, and the tangled threads of identity in a globalized world. His installations frequently plunge the viewer into unsettling environments, characterized by inundating repetition, grating movements, and claustrophobic stretches of infinity. Visitors to Infinities (2006), for instance, found themselves surrounded by giant drill bits, each slowly revolving in an illusion of constant downward pressure; as if this scenario weren't uncomfortable enough, the mirrors lining the room reflected an endless expanse of mechanized torture. His new wood sculptures, the latest addition to an ongoing reflection on the nature of "repair," were inspired by photo - graphs of les gueules cassées-disfigured soldiers from the Great War, many of them drafted from the colonies. …

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