The Berlin Akademie der Künste awards Kader Attia with the Berlin Art Prize – Jubilee Foundation 1848/1948.
Apart from the Berlin Great Art Prize including prize money of 15,000 euros awarded to the composer Mathias Spahlinger, which is annually awarded on behalf of the Federal State of Berlin by the Berlin Akademie der Künste rotating by the art Sections represented in the Academy, another six Berlin Art Prizes including prize money of 5,000 euros each are awarded.
Recipient of the Berlin Art Prize in the Section Visual Arts is the Algerian-French installation artist and photographer Kader Attia, whose work was just recently shown in a solo exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Kader Attia’s work deals with complex cultural, colonial-historic and also gender specific dualisms, for example in western and African perceptions. In his sculptures and installations, the artist uses materials which are to some extent raw, often also objects he encounters in places, creating a dialogue between different historical and political places, timeframes, media and materials.
Attia already laid the foundation for the exhibition concept at KW with his work for the dOCUMENTA (13), where he also imbedded cultural-political dichotomies in his artistic practice in a sensual and at the same time analytical way.
Award presentation ceremony / March 18, 2014 / at 8pm / Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz