Zineb Sedira

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