Kader Attia: Reason's Oxymorons

Cover of the exhibition brochure for Kader Attia: Reason's Oxymorons.
January, 2018 Supplementary PDF (814.59 KB)

Chad Elias and Kader Attia

Published by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2018, 12 pages

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.

Publication type: Exhibition Related

Publication subject: Modern & Contemporary Art