Lehman Maupin gallery is currently presenting the deeply emotional video installation “Reason’s Oxymorons” (2015) by French-Algerian artist Kader Attia. Employing a sterile cubicle maze as incubator, “Reason’s Oxymorons”, shows 18 video interviews with African and European psychoanalysts, historians and mental health practitioners discussing the psychological fallout of Western hegemony on African cultures. Attia’s multi-faceted practice has long focused on the emotional and economic reverberations of Post-Colonialism. “Reason’s Oxymorons”, hones in on the dichotomy of mental health repair between Western and non-Western cultures. Whilst Western approaches to healing emotional distress is primarily focused on fixing the problem to make it disappear, many African and Asian societies are embracing the imperfections of the mind and allow the individual to be active members of communities. The result is a Western culture that is increasingly suppressing the imperfect in favour of an immaculate and antiseptic environment echoing the modular cubicles the work is presented in. Through March 4.