Hypomnemata (2023)

Kader Attia

Sculptures and single-channel video Dimensions variable, 4 minutes 50 seconds Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Courtesy of the artist; Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul and London; and mor charpentier, Paris

Le Grand Miroir du Monde [the great mirror of the world]
Site-specific installation: mirror shards
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist


Kader Attia’s poetic installations and sculptural assemblages investigate the far-reaching emotional implications of western cultural hegemony and colonial systems of power for non-western subjectivities, focusing particularly on collective trauma and notions of repair. The mixed media installation Hypomnemata (2023), which borrows its name from the theory developed by Michel Foucault, connects the plundering of knowledge initiated during colonial times with modernity and capitalism’s blind logic of wealth extraction.
Le Grand Miroir du Monde (2017), a site-specific installation usingthe former swimming pool of the Sheikh Khalid Bin Mohammed Palace, replicates the rippled surface of water through thousands of shards of mirrored glass. The artist gestures at the affective dimensions of the site’s historical memory, folding both trauma and joy into the quintessential image of leisure.