La Piste d’atterissage (The Landing Strip), 2000–02, by Kader Attia

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 13:17

Kader Attia’s photographic series La Piste d’atterissage (The Landing Strip) documents the lives of a group of Algerian transgender sex workers living in Paris in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The title of the series – The Landing Strip – is the name given by this community to the road on which they work.

Installation view of Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion, Hayward Gallery, 2019. Photo: Linda Nylind

Taken over a period of roughly two years, the images focus on the group’s shared intimacy. Speaking of this series, Attia says, ‘I wanted to represent the whole picture of their lives, to show that even illegal immigrants working as transgender prostitutes have moments of joy, of happiness, of hope’. 

A special publication devoted to this series has been produced alongside the exhibition. The publication – available from 10 March – features over 150 images and an essay by Tarek el-Ariss, Associate Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. 

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Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion is at Hayward Gallery until 6 May 2019

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