French-Algerian artist Kader Attia has researched repair as it relates to healing from the trauma of war. His investigations have assumed many forms, including large-scale installations and sculptures.
MATRIX 274, Attia's first solo exhibition in California, features seventeen busts carved out of teak wood using images of disfigured WWI veterans. The sculptures are situated before a clip of French director Abel Gance's 1938 antiwar film J'accuse.
French-Algerian artist Kader Attia’s work focuses on reparative gestures and healing in the aftermath of war. For this his first solo exhibition in California, the artist presents J’accuse, 2016, an installation of seventeen busts carved from teak wood, with assistance from Senegalese craftsmen, based on the faces of WWI veterans who suffered facial injuries resulting in severe deformities.