Zineb Sedira

Born in 1963 in Paris (France), ZINEB SEDIRA lives in London (United Kingdom) and works between Algiers (Algeria), Paris and London. Over the fifteen years of her practice, Sedira has enriched the debate around the concepts of modernism, modernity and its manifestations in an inclusive way. She has also raised awareness of artistic expression and the contemporary experience in North Africa. She found inspiration initially in researching her identity as a woman with a singular personal geography. From these autobiographical concerns she gradually shifted her interest to more universal ideas of mobility, memory and transmission. Kamel Mennour and Zineb Sedira have been working together since 2002.

Zineb Sedira’s work was shown in several solo exhibitions at the Bildmuseet (Umeå, Sweden, 2021), the SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art) (US, 2021), the Jeu de Paume (Paris, 2019), the IVAM‑Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Spain, 2019), the Beirut Art Center (Lebanon, 2018), the Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces (UAE, 2018), the Art On the Underground (London, 2016), the Blaffer Art Museum (Houston, 2013), the Charles H. Scott Gallery (Vancouver, 2013), the Prefix‑Institute of Contemporary Art (Toronto, 2010), the [mac] musée d’Art contemporain of Marseille (2010), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2010), the Kunsthalle Nikolaj (Copenhagen, 2010), the BildMuseets (Sweden, 2010), the Pori Art Museum (Finland, 2009), the New Art Exchange (Nottingham, 2009), the Wapping Project (London, 2008) and at the Photographer’s Gallery (London, 2006).

Her work will soon be exhibited at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbon, 2022), at Dallas Contemporary (US, 2022) and at the De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill on Sea, UK, 2022-2023).

Her work was also shown in many group shows in institutions such as Tate Britain (London, 2002, 2012, 2013), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2004, 2009), Mori Museum (Tokyo, 2005), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, 2005), Musée d’Art Moderne of Alger (2007), Brooklyn Museum (New York, 2007), Mathaf - Arab Museum of Modern Art (Qatar, 2010), the Contemporary Art Center (Thessaloniki, 2011), Tate Britain, London, UK, Marseille, Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2013), Friche de la Belle de Mai (2013), MMK Museum für Mordern Kunst, Germany (2014), FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France, Power Plant, Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2015), Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA (2016), MuCEM (2013 and 2016), MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France (2017), Tate Modern, London, (2017), Birmingham Museums, Royaume-Uni, (2018) as well as in biennials and triennials, including the Venice Biennale (2001 and 2011), the Triennial for photography and video at the Institute of Contemporary Photography in New York (2003), the Sharjah Biennale (2003 and 2007), the Folkestone Triennial (2011), New Orleans’ international art exhibition (2017) and the Liverpool Biennial (2021).

Sedira is the founder of aria (artist residency in algiers), a residency program to support the development of the contemporary art scene in Algeria through international cross-cultural exchanges and collaborations.

Zineb Sedira represents France at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in 2022. A special mention was awarded to her exhibition in the French Pavilion titled “Dreams Have No Titles”.


Exhibitions & News

Zineb Sedira - Centre Pompidou-Metz - © kamel mennour
Zineb Sedira, L’art d’apprendre. Une école des créateurs
5 February — 29 August 2022
Centre Pompidou-Metz
French pavilion - © kamel mennour
Zineb Sedira, Dreams Have No Titles
23 April — 27 November 2022
Giardini, Biennale Arte 2022, Venice
Centre Pompidou Shanghai - © kamel mennour
Daniel Buren, Michel François, Alberto Giacometti, Lee Ufan, François Morellet, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Zineb Sedira, Shen Yuan, Centre Pompidou × West Bund Museum Project
5 November 2019 — 19 November 2024
Kunsthaus Baselland - © kamel mennour
Latifa Echakhch, Zineb Sedira, For a Brief Moment […] Several Times
3 June — 17 July 2022
Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz/Basel
Zineb Sedira - Somerset House - © kamel mennour
Zineb Sedira, We Are History
16 October 2021 — 6 February 2022
Somerset House, London
Zineb Sedira - SMoCA - © kamel mennour
Zineb Sedira, Voice-Over
8 May 2021 — 30 January 2022
SMoCA, Scottsdale
Zineb Sedira - Frac Centre-Val de Loire - © kamel mennour
Zineb Sedira, Alger, archipel des libertés
4 June 2021 — 2 January 2022
Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans
Zineb Sedira - Bildmuseet - © kamel mennour
Zineb Sedira, Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go
19 June — 24 October 2021
Bildmuseet, Umeå
Zineb Sedira - FIAC - © kamel mennour
Zineb Sedira, Talk with the curators of the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2022
23 October 2021
Live stream on FIAC Online Viewing Rooms
Zineb Sedira - Institut français - © kamel mennour
Zineb Sedira, Conversation with Sonia Boyce
15 October 2021
Institut français du Royaume-Uni, London
Miroir du ciel - Espace de l’Art Concret - © kamel mennour
Latifa Echakhch, Zineb Sedira, Miroir du ciel
4 July — 3 October 2021
Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux
Zineb Sedira - Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2021 - © kamel mennour
Zineb Sedira, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2021
25 June — 26 September 2021
The Photographers’ Gallery, London
Zineb Sedira - Fondation Louis Vuitton - © kamel mennour
Zineb Sedira, Talk: Initiatives d’artistes en Afrique
24 September 2021
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris


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