Shifting Borders, 2018, by Kader Attia

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 08:17

Kader Attia's video installation Shifting Borders explores personal and collective trauma, and the legacy of violent conflict in East and Southeast Asia.

The three videos that make up the video element of Shifting Borders feature interviews mental health professionals, academics, traumatised survivors of conflict, and traditional healers. Through the spoken testimonies in these videos, Attia addresses different forms of healing, and in particular, the therapeutic role played by shamanistic and spiritualist practices in non-Western societies.

The sculptural element of Shifting Borders – an eerie congregation of prosthetic legs – relates to Attia's understanding that ‘traumas resulting from the worst moments in history such as wars, famines and genocides have left lasting material and immaterial scars which, like an amputee's phantom limb, are still there’.


Installation view of Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion, Hayward Gallery, 2019. Photo: Theirry Bal


Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion was at Hayward Gallery from 13 February until 6 May 2019

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