Reflecting Memory, 2016
Film, 48 min.
Kader Attia, Reflecting Memory, 2016, single-channel HD digital video projection, colour, sound. Photo: Kader Attia, courtesy of the artist, Galleria Continua, Galerie Krinzinger, Lehmann Maupin, and Galerie Nagel Draxler.
Reflecting Memory is a documentary video about phantom limb syndrome, featuring interviews with specialists such as surgeons, neurologists, psychoanalysts, and amputees. This pathology, which affects those who have lost a part of their body, involves the persistent sensation of the presence of a limb even after it has been amputated; that is, the perception of pain coming from a body part that actually no longer exists.
The work extends into the workings of postcoloniality and beyond, and, in the words of the artist, becomes a “reflection about the complexity of memory, the working of memory, the duty of memory and its representation; about ‘repair’ as a form of ‘re-appropriation,’ but above all as a form of resistance.”
Part of Propositions #1: What We Mean.