Kader Attia at the 17th Biennale of Sydney

Kader Attia is taking part in year’s Biennale of Sydney, Australia’s largest and most respected contemporary art event. Curated by David Elliott, the title of the major visual art gathering is ‘THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age’.

French-Algerian Attia has created a shantytown-like installation for the Biennale, which is already garnering a great deal of interest. Titled Kasbah, this colossal production was constructed from garbage collected from building sites, and fills the 350-square-metre space in Cockatoo Island’s Turbine Hall. While Attia was inspired by slum dwellers, he told the Sydney Morning Herald that ‘I didn’t want to create something miserable that speaks only about poverty’. He rather hopes that the viewer will engage with the installation experientially, becoming part of it by exploring its varied depths.

The 17th Biennale of Sydney will take place from 12 May–1 August 2010.