Zineb Sedira was born in Paris 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. Sedira’s multiple identities as a French-born Algerian living in England inform her serene, often haunting photographs and video installations, which consider questions of memory, displacement, and the transmission of history.

Zineb Sedira
Paris, 1963

Upcoming Exhibitions

Zineb Sedira: Air Affairs and Maritime Nonsense

Sharjah Art Foundation
16/03/2018 — 16/06/2018

Past Exhibitions


Riccardo Crespi
24/11/2016 — 21/01/2017

The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding

Museu Coleção Berardo 21/09/2016 — 31/12/2016

Do it بالعربي

Sharjah Art Gallery/Bait Obaid Al Shamsi 23/01/2016 — 23/04/2016

Zineb Sedira: Present Tense

Private: Taymour Grahne
12/11/2015 — 16/01/2016

Chkoun Ahna. On the Track of History

National Museum of Carthage 12/05/2012 — 15/06/2012

Solo Shows

Line of Flight, Kulte Gallery & Editions, Rabat, Morocco

L’écriture des lignes, kamel mennour, Paris, France
Collecting Lines, Art On the Underground (commission), London, UK
Now You See Me – Now You See Me, VCUQ Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Doha, Qatar

Zineb Sedira: Present Tense, Taymour Ghrane Gallery, NYC, USA
Sand of Times, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE

Disenchanted Matters, Plutschow & Felchlin, Zurich, Switzerland
Maritime Chronicles, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, MIlan

Sweet Journeys, Galerie La jetée, J1 Grand Port Maritime, Marseille, France Lighthouse in the Sea of Time, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Houston, USA
Récits maritimes: Entre terre et mer, Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia
The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part V: Zineb Sedira, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Beneath the Surface, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris (catalogue)

Group Shows

The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, Prospect.4, New Orleans’ international art exhibition, USA
Après, a project by Eric Baudelaire, Galerie 3, Centre Pompidou, Paris
On Moving Image/Sobre la imagen en movimiento as part of Bienalsur, CEC (Center of Contemporary Expressions) Rosario City, Argentina (catalogue)
Sticky Business – the temptation of sugar in Art, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Holland
Being Rebellious. Women´s Narratives in the Arab World, IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art), Spain (catalogue)
The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding, Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan, USA
Between two rounds of fire, the exile of the sea: Arab Modern and Contemporary Works from the Barjeel Art Foundation, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC
La terre la plus contraire: les femmes du prix Marcel Duchamp, Fondation Fernet-Branca, Saint Louis, France
L’Orient aux deux visages, Fondation Pierre Arnaud, Lens, Switzerland Voices, collection display at the Drum Gallery, Tate Modern, London
Tous, des sang-mêlés, MAC VAL – Musée d’art contemporain du Val de Marne, France (Catalogue)
Offshore: artists explore the sea, produced by Invisible Dus, Ferens Art Gallery and the Hull Maritime Museum, Hull UK
City of Culture 2017 Destinerrance, Arteum, France

Essential Paysage, Al Maaden Centre d’Art contemporain Africain, Marrakech, Morocco
Meeting Points, VideoStudio, Studio Museum, NY, USA
Après Babel, traduire, MuCEM, Marseille, France
Matières à penser, Mecenat Picard, Château de Chassagne-Montrachet, France L’Iris de Lucy, artistes africaines contemporaines, Musée Départemental d’Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, France
Uncertain States, Akademie Der Künste, Berlin, Germany
We Refugees – On the Right to Have Rights, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding, Museum Colecao Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
Made in Algeria, Généalogie d’un territoire, MuCem, Marseille, France
Between Myth and Horror, The Mediterranean as Conflict, IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern), Spain
Souviens-toi du temps présent, Art Center de lait, Albi, France
But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art from the Middle East and North Africa, Guggenheim, New York, USA
Mother of the Year, Between Empowerment and Crisis. Images of Motherhoood from 1900 to Today, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria, is planning an extensive exhibition

Horizons, Plutschow Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland (13 Nov. – 30 Jan. 2016)
Good Walls Make Good Neighbourgs, St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, VIVA (Valletta International Visual Arts Festival), Malta
The Translator’s Voice, Marco, Museum de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
The divine comedy, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, USA
The Translator’s Voice, FRAC Lorraine, France
Mare Medi Terraneum, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Spain
The Unfinished Conversation, Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, Lebanon
The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding and Decoding, The Power Plant, Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Paris Country of birth: France Date of birth: 1963