Fragments of Repair (Paperback)

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By Kader Attia (Editor), Maria Hlavajova (Editor), Wietske Maas (Editor)
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A handbook that activates Kader Attia’s proposition of decolonial repair, featuring original essays and conversations from diverse global contributors.

Today’s entwined crises, from ecological catastrophe to the COVID-19 pandemic to wars in Ukraine and across the world, reveal deep-seated wounds that issue from historical colonialisms and present-day authoritarianisms, economic disparity and growing racial violence, and the abuses inflicted on vulnerable populations and the planet. To address this disquieting chaos, Fragments of Repair, co-conceptualized by artist and curator Kader Attia with curators and researchers Maria Hlavajova and Wietske Maas, offers a collection of long- and short-form essays, visual essays, and conversations on decolonial repair as both a tool and a tactic of engagement with the current state of the world.

The book, which includes major voices such as that of Achille Mbembe and Ruth Wilson Gilmore, develops Attia’s ongoing inquiry into the possibility of enacting “repair” in the acute context of brokenness, which brings chronic uncertainty, social isolation, exhaustion, loss, and fear into sharper relief. What pathways could repair, rather than return to, past ways? How can we develop collective tools for emancipation and resistance? And, in the face of what is irreparable, how can we meaningfully address wounds and scars, which are deeply tied to European modernity?

Norman Ajari, Kader Attia,  Souleymane Bachir Diagne,  Momar Gueye, Maria Hlavajova, Kader Attia, Wietske Maas, Catherine Malabou, Olivier Marboeuf, Achille Mbembe, Wayne Modest, Omedi Ochieng, Stefania Pandolfo, Luciana Parisi, Rachael Rakes,  Rolando Vázquez, Françoise Vergès, Eyal Weizman, Ruth Wilson Gilmore

A BASICS series reader copublished with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst.

About the Author

Kader Attia is the curator for the 12th Berlin Biennale, 2022, and founder of La Colonie[EA1] [DK2] . His work has been exhibited worldwide. Recent books include White West, Volume 1: The Afterlife of Fascism and White West, Volume 2: Whose Universal (Sternberg Press). 

Maria Hlavajova is the founding general and artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. She is coeditor of Former West: Art and the Contemporary after 1989, Propositions for Non-Fascist Living: Tentative and Urgent, and Deserting from the Culture Wars (all three copublished by the MIT Press).

Wietske Maas is curator of research and publications at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. Since 2014, she has worked as a researcher, curator, and (managing) editor for multiple programs and publication projects at BAK.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780262545327
ISBN-10: 0262545322
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 192
Language: English