Zineb Sedira’s multiple identities as a French-born Algerian living in England inform her serene, yet often haunting photographs and video installations, which consider questions of memory, migration, displacement and the transmission of history. In her early works, Sedira explored the traditional gender roles of Arab women, particularly as passed from mother to daughter. When Sedira returned to Algeria in the early 2000s, she shifted her lens away from herself and toward a more general landscape of displacement. Since the video project Saphir (2006), her visual repertoire has frequently included images of the sea, harbors and cargo ships, as the means by which people and things are transited from place to place.
Sedira has had solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010); Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2010); Bildmuseet, Umeå (2010); Pori Art Museum, Pori (2009) and the Photographers’ Gallery, London (2006). Group presentations include Al Maaden Centre d’Art Contemporain Africain, Marrakech (2016); Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2016) and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2016), among others.