Biography

Zineb Sedira was born in Paris to Algerian parents in 1963. She received a BA from Central Saint Martins School of Art, London, in 1995, an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 1997, and subsequently studied photography at the Royal College of Art, London. Embodying a present day globalized, multicultural identity. Sedira’s polyphonic vocabulary is the result of her sustained exploration into portraiture, landscapes, language and archival research. Working with photography, film, sculpture and installations, her artistic oeuvre spans documentary and fiction, with her more recent works taking a more poetic, lyrical tone. Her early works are particularly autobiographical as the artist found inspiration in researching her identity as a woman with a singular personal geography. Sedira also examined the conventional gender roles of Arab women, with a particular focus on female familial relationships. Serene and at times haunting, Sedira preserves personal and collective memories and histories within her works, which themselves act as a conduit for the transmission of these memoirs. Bridging the diasporic narratives beyond basic stereotypes and providing a legacy for the future holds great importance to Sedira. Blending the personal with the political in powerfully profound works, Sedira questions complicated notions as to who has the right to be the custodian of such a precious, personal archive in an era of post-colonialism.

 

Sedira will represent France at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022 and her work has been included in many solo exhibitions such as: Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go, Bilmuseet, Umeä, Sweden (2021); Zineb Sedira: Where Does the Desert End?,SMOCA, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, USA (2021); L’ Espace d'un instant, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (2019); Zineb Sedira @ NOW 5, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK (2019); Of Words and Stones,Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2018); Air Affairs and Maritime NonSense, Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, Sharjah, UAE (2018); Now you see me - now you see me, VCUQ Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy, Doha Qatar (2016); Sands of Time, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2015); Lighthouse in the Sea of Time, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Houston, USA (2013); The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part V: Zineb Sedira, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2013).

 

Her work has also been featured in many group exhibitions, including; The Stomach and the Port, Liverpool Biennale 2021, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2021); Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2021, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK (2021); Sixty Years, Tate Britain, London, UK (2021); Your footsteps are the road, for there is no road – An artistic road amid the Marcel Duchamp Prize artists, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China, and Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); Is This Tomorrow, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2019); Jaou 2018, Kamel Lazaar Fondation, Tunis, Tunisia (2018); MiddleSea,Documentary Film Festival, Palermo, Italy (2018); La Terre la plus contraire, Fondation Fernet-Branca, Bâle, Switzerland (2017); Voices, collection display at the Drum Gallery, Tate modern, UK (2017);  VideoStudio: Meeting Points, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA (2016); Carte blanche exceptionnelle de Zineb Sedira, Silencio, Paris, France (2016); Crosswords,HANGAR Centro de Investigação Artística, Lisbon, Portugal (2016); We refugees - On the right to have right, Karlsruhe, Badischer Kunstverein, Germany (2016); But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York (2016); The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoded, Museu Coleçāo Berardo, Lisboa (2016); Prix Marcel Duchamp, FIAC, Paris, France (2015); The Translator's Voice, MARCO - Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain, (2015); Unfinished Conversations, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2015);  Songs of Losse and Songs of Love: Lee Nan-Young and Oum Kulthoum, Gwanju Museum of Art, South Korea (2014); The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists, MMK Museum fur Modern Kunst, Frankfurt, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. (2014 - 2015), to name a few. Sedira has won several awards including the Dazibao Prize  (2011) and the Prix SAM pour l’art contemporain (2010). 

 

Sedira's work is in numerous public collections including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York City, USA; Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; FRAC Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, Marseille; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow; Mathaf – Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Musée national de l’histoire et des cultures de l’immigration/ Cite nationale de l’histoire, Paris; mumok – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah; Tate, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, Contemporary Wall Paper Collections, London.

 

Sedira lives in London and works between Algiers, Paris and London.

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