Displayed on the shelves and in the three vitrines are hundreds of objects, including African masks, vintage photographs, books, newspapers and a series of decorative, functional and devotional objects constructed by soldiers during the First World War. Exhibited alongside these objects are a series of busts commissioned by the artist and made by craftsmen in Senegal, West Africa, and Carara, Italy.
In the slide show that forms part of this installation, Attia pairs images of soldiers treated to early, rudimentary plastic surgery with African masks and objects bearing signs of physical repair – an unsettling series of juxtapositions that challenges our conventional ideas about wholeness, injury, beauty and otherness.
Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion was at Hayward Gallery from 13 February until 6 May 2019
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