Terraces. His piece for the sea wall will be an architectural sculpture consisting of three small clusters of concrete blocks painted white. Visitors can take a "rooftop" stroll through a Mediterranean village. Part of Marseille-Provence 2013.
A core aim of the European Capital of Culture project is to produce artwork that both supports
contemporary creation and promotes diversity. Marseille-Provence 2013 is involved in one such
project: the commission of a temporary art installation on one of Marseille's most symbolic sites,
the sea wall. The project is part of a coastal renovation project launched by Euroméditerranée,
which has planned new cultural institutions such as the MuCEM, the Villa Méditerranée, the
Musée Regards de Provence, the Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
and the J1 hangar, opened especially for 2013.
The seven kilometre-long sea wall is a narrow strip of land separating the city from the open sea. It has been closed to the public for years. The Capital of Culture year offers a unique opportunity to breathe new life into this impressive area. The southern part of the sea wall (Sainte-Marie) will be open to the public for weekend walks between 25 May and 29 September 2013.
This symbolic revival is the result of a major art commission carried out by Kader Attia, with artistic direction by François Barré. An artist with many identities, Attia has featured in major international contemporary art fairs, museums and collections. He participated in the Here, Elsewhere exhibition produced by Marseille-Provence 2013, and his work is included in the Le Pont exhibition held by Marseille's Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC).
His piece for the sea wall will be an architectural sculpture consisting of three small clusters of concrete blocks painted white. Visitors can take a "rooftop" stroll through a Mediterranean village.
"Terraces is an architectural sculpture that stretches along the lower Sainte-Marie section of the sea wall. Each terrace is at a different height, creating places where visitors can view the open sea and the city of Marseille, sit, relax, lie down and watch the sky." – Kader Attia, October 2012
Artistic director: François Barré. The Sea Wall project is supported by the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, public commissioning by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, EuroMéditerranée and Marseille-Provence 2013. Contracting authority: ARTER, Art public contemporain. The Société Marseillaise de Crédit supports this project.
Kader Attia, born in France in 1970 to Algerian parents, spent his childhood between the suburbs of Paris and Algiers’ Bab El Oued neighbourhood. He studied philosophy and art in Paris, and held his first solo exhibition in 1996 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, he has had regular exhibitions all around the world, gaining international attention following the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and the Biennale de Lyon (2005). In 2007, the ICA/Boston (United States) held Momentum, Attia's first American solo show, followed in 2008 with another, New Works at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. Recent projects include his solo show Construire, Déconstruire, Reconstruire: Le Corps Utopique at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Germany, Performing Histories (1) at the MoMA in New York, 10 ans du Projet pour l'Art Contemporain at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the 4th Moscow Biennale, The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds after 1989 at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Contested Terrains at the Tate Modern in London. Attia currently splits his time between Berlin and Algiers.
François Barré was the president of the Centre Pompidou (1993-1996), in charge of arts (1990- 1993), director of architecture and later director of architecture and heritage at the French Ministry of Culture (1996-2000), and president of the Rencontres internationales de la photographie d'Arles (2001-2009).
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