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Kader Attia

Reason’s Oxymorons

January 05, 2018, through March 18, 2018
Kader Attia, Reason's Oxymorons, 2015, 18 films and installation of cubicles, duration: variable, 13 to 25 minutes, 55 x 262 x 468 inches (installed overall), Edition of 3. Photo: Max Yawney. Courtesy the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Kader Attia, Reason's Oxymorons, 2015, 18 films and installation of cubicles, duration: variable, 13 to 25 minutes, 55 x 262 x 468 inches (installed overall), Edition of 3. Photo: Max Yawney. Courtesy the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Kader Attia, Reason's Oxymorons, 2015, 18 films and installation of cubicles, duration: variable, 13 to 25 minutes, 55 x 262 x 468 inches (installed overall), Edition of 3. Photo: Max Yawney. Courtesy the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Kader Attia, Reason's Oxymorons, 2015, 18 films and installation of cubicles, duration: variable, 13 to 25 minutes, 55 x 262 x 468 inches (installed overall), Edition of 3. Photo: Max Yawney. Courtesy the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Reason’s Oxymorons, by internationally acclaimed artist Kader Attia, is a recent museum acquisition. The research-driven video installation, which will occupy the entire space at Hood Downtown in winter 2018, consists of a range of interviews by Attia with philosophers, psychiatrists, anthropologists, traditional healers, historians, musicologists, patients, and immigrants. The conversations are organized around several themes centered on the ways in which non-Western and Western cultures approach psychiatric conditions and emotional breakdowns. Composed of eighteen computer monitors, each set on a workman-like table in a secluded office cubicle with a chair, earphones, and loudspeakers, this ambitious installation evokes an ascetic modern office environment.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the Bernard R. Siskind Fund and the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund.

 

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