Kader Attia (B. 1970, Paris) with Curator Laurie Ann Farrell, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2010
History of a Myth: The Small Dome of the Rock, Multi-media installation
The artwork consists of a miniature sculpture comprised of two silver nuts of different sizes holding in place a brass bolt. A camera is placed alongside this assemblage to capture its form which is then projected onto a large canvas increasing it to many times its size. Once projected the very small assemblage evokes an architectural representation of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. The evocative sound of wind against the mosque’s esplanade recreates the sensory experience the artist experienced when he visited the monument. The mysterious, amplified noise reverberating through the dark space, illuminated only by the striking projection on the canvas, creates a lasting impression on the viewer.
Kader Attia, spent his childhood between France and Algeria, or between the Christian Occident and the Islamic Maghreb. His work explores the impact of Western cultural and political capitalism on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as well as how a residual struggle with and resistance to colonisation impacts Arab youth, particularly in the banlieues (suburbs) of France where Attia lived. He is represented by Galerie Christian Nagel (Berlin and Cologne) and Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna).
Born in 1970, Laurie Ann Farrell is Curator and Executive Director of Exhibitions for the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), which operates galleries in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, Lacoste in France and in Hong Kong. From 1999 to 2007 Farrell was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum for African Art in New York. Farrell earned her MA in Art History and Theory from the University of Arizona.