Tarrying with the Irreparable: A Workshop in Conversation with Kader Attia’s Arts of Repair

Workshop | September 20 | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Kader Attia, Artist, MATRIX; Stefania Pandolfo, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley; Momar Guèye, Psychiatrist-Psychoanalyst, Fann Hospital, Dakar; Jalil Bennani, Psychoanalyst; Anneka Lenssen, Professor, Art History, University of California, Berkeley; Soraya Tlatli, Professor, French, University of California, Berkeley; Samera Esmeir, Professor, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley; Emily Ng, University of Amsterdam; Said Shehadeh, Birzeit University; Natalia Brizuela, Film & Media, Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Berkeley; Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli, Film Studies, University of California, Davis; David Marriott, Philosophy, Black Studies, Pennsylvania State University; Peter Skafish, ISCI, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Conceived in conversation with Algerian-French artist Kader Attia, this academic workshop engages with many primary themes of Attia’s work, reflecting on trauma and loss, war and colonization, madness and possession, and, the contemporary, virtual form of haunting. It takes as its point of departure Attia’s ideas about repair, which is always entangled with the irreparable, and made present in the materiality of wounds and scars as well as the immaterial, phantom rifts that haunt the lives of individuals and societies. Join us to explore the capacity of the artistic process to produce a shift in the experience of reality, carrying us beyond the boundaries of the visible and the invisible, the living and the dead, to produce uncanny and unexpected angles from which to feel, think, and see.

The workshop unfolds across five different panels over the course of the day. Along with the artist, participants include Stefania Pandolfo, Momar Guèye, Jalil Bennani, David Marriott, Soraya Tlatli, Natalia Brizuela, Anneka Lenssen, Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli, Emily Ng, Peter Skafish, and others.