kader attia: kasbah installation

kader attia: kasbah installation

‘kasbah’ image © designboom

serving as a reflection of the conditions in which the majority of the world’s population lives, ‘kasbah’ by french-algerian artist kader attia is an installation featuring a series of shanty town roofs collected by himself and installed at different angles to make a 350 square meter patchwork of corrugated iron, satellite dishes and other scrap materials.

visitors are invited to walk across them, but the difficulty of taking each cautious step over this uneven, variegated surface provokes a consideration of the successes and failures of the globalised economy and of the human ability to wrest a livable existence from nothing. thus, walking tentatively over the work, one not only becomes part of it but also implicitly part of the economic and power matrix that creates these shanty towns.

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

kader attia’s upbringing in a north african immigrant community, studies in paris and barcelona, and three years spent in corigo-brazzaville and kinshasa have informed a practice that explores geography, history, gender, politics and philosophy.

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

‘kasbah’ is being showcased as part of the 17th biennale of sydney 2010 at cockatoo island which is the event’s main venue.

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

kader attia: kasbah installation image © designboom

  • Who still plays laser tag?
    What a fairy!

    archi
    May 24, 2010
  • looks like it would be fun for laser tag or paintball

    BigDizzle
    May 24, 2010
  • very nice

    Nakul
    May 23, 2010

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