Zineb Sedira

Born in Paris in 1963, she lives in London and works between Alger, Paris and London.
Awarded by the French Ministry of Culture: Chevalier des Ordres des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters).


Royal College of Art: Research studies in the Photography dept., London.
Slade School of Art: Master of Fine Art in Media, London.
Central Saint Martins School of Art: BA (hons) in Critical Fine Art Practice, London.

Prizes and awards

Nominated for Prix Marcel Duchamp 2015 will be featured at the FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris
Dazibao Prize, (Publication), Mois de la Photo Montreal, Canada.
SAM Art Prize, Paris
Decibel Award, Arts Council, London
Prix AfAA, Laureat 2001: IV Rencontres de la photographie africaine, Bamako 2001, Mali
Westminster Arts Council, Film and Video Bursaries, London
Artsadmin Artists Bursary, London & Artists film and video national fund, The Arts Council
of England

Solo Exhibitions

Collecting Lines, Underline: Victoria Line, Art on the Underground, London
Now you see me – now you see me, VCUQ Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Doha, Qatar
Present Tense, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York
Sand of Times, The Third Line, Dubai
Maritime Chronicles, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milano
Disenchanted Matters, Galerie Plutschow&Felchlin, Zürich, Switzerland
Zineb Sedira, SESC Pompeis, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Lighthouse in the Sea of Time, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Zineb Sedira, Selma Feriani Project, Tunis, Tunisia
Lighthouse in the Sea of Time, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Houston, USA
Pavilion Downtown, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sweet Journeys, Galerie La jetée, J1 Grand Port Maritime, Marseille, France
Beneath the Surface, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris
Gardiennes d’images, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (catalogue)
Les rêves n’ont pas de titre, Musée d’Art Contemporain [MAC], Marseille, France
Under the Sky and Over the Sea, BildMuseets, Umeå University, Sweden
Under the Sky and Over the Sea, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark
MiddleSea, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Zineb Sedira, Musée National Pablo Picasso, La Guerre et la Paix, Vallauris, France
Invitation au Voyage, Galerie Edouard-Manet, Gennevilliers, France
Under the Sky and Over the Sea, Pori Museum, Finland (cat.)
Zineb Sedira: Seafaring, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK
MiddleSea as part of Forex, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Currents of Time: Rivington Place, London
Floating Coffins, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK
Shipwreck: the death of a journey, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris
MiddleSea, Wapping Project, London
Zineb Sedira, Centre Culturel Français, Algiers, Algeria
Videos by Zineb Sedira, Centre d’Art Contemporain du Parvis, Pau, France
Saphir, Temble Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Saphir, Photographer’s Gallery, London (Catalogue)
Transitional Landscapes, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris
Zineb Sedira, Galerie Esma, Algiers, Centre Culturel Français, Oran and Constantine, Algeria
Zineb Sedira, OneTwenty Gallery, Gent, Belgium and at Fri-Art, Fribourg, Swizerland
Zineb Sedira: Telling stories with differences, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK (cat./DVD)


Group Exhibitions

Is this tomorrow?, with 6a architects,Adjaye Associates,APPARATA, Rachel Armstrong, Rana Begum, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio, Cao Fei, Mariana Castillo Deball, Cècile B. Evans,Simon Fujiwara, Andrès Jaque / Office for Political Innovation, Kapwani Kiwanga, David Kohn Architects, mono office, Farshid Moussavi Architecture, Hardeep Pandhal, Amalia Pica, Jacolby Satterwhite and Marina Tabassum Architects, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Offshore: artists explore the sea, produced by Invisible Dust,,Ferens Art Gallery and the Hull Maritime Museum, Hull UK City of Culture 2017
Tous, des sang-mêlés, MAC VAL – Musée d’art contemporain du Val de Marne
L'Orient aux deux visages, Fondation Pierre Arnaud, Lens, Switzerland
Anthropocene, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan
L’Iris de Lucy, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, France
Barjeel Art Foundation Collection: Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary II, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Uncertain States, Akademie der künste, Berlin
Meeting Points, VideoStudio, Studio Museum, NY, USA
10. Group Show 2006-2016, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan
But a storm is blowing from paradise: Contemporary Art from the Middle East and North Africa, Guggenheim Museum New York, NY, USA 
Souviens-toi du temps present, Centre d’Art Le LAIT, Albi, France 
We Refugees – Of the Right to Have Rights, Karlsruhe, Badischer Kunstverein, Germany
Made in Algeria, généalogie d'un territoire, Mucem, Marseille, France 
Between Myth and Horror. The Mediterranean as Conflict, Institut Valencià d' Art Modern, València, Spain
Mother of the Year, Between Empowerment and Crisis. Images of Motherhoood from 1900 to Today, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria
Migrantes en el arte contemporáneo, CAC-Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nel Mezzo del Mezzo, Muséo Riso/Albergo dei Poveri, Palermo
The Translator's Voice, SKFM, Sogn og Fjordane Kunstmuseum, Sweden
Horizons, Plutschow Gallery, Zürich, Swizerland
The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding, The Power Plant, Canada
Unfinished Conversations, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Songs of Loss and Songs of LOve: Lee Nan-Young and Oum Kulthoum, Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea (16 May - 25 August) Catalogue
Here Africa, Château de Penthes, Geneva, Switzerland
The Divine Comedy, MMK Museum für Mordern Kunst – Frankfurt, Germany (then moving to Scad, Savannah, USA, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, USA, The Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal)
Everywhere but Now, 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki , Greece
Homelands, Lalit Kala Akademi: New Delhi; Harrington St Art Centre: Kolkata; Dr. Bhau Daji Lad
Museum, Mumbai - National Gallery of Modern Art: Bangalore
Le Pont, Musée d’Art Contemporain [MAC], Marseille, France
Les galeries de la Méditerranée, Mucem (Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerrannée), Marseille, France
Becoming Independent, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Ici, ailleurs, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseilles as part of Marseille Provence 2013: European Capital of Culture
Family Matters: The Family in British Art, Tate Britain, London (15 Oct 2012 - 24 Feb)
Imagined Places, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, (12 Dec12 - April 2013)
The Mediterranean Approach, SESC Pinheiros, during São Paulo Biennial, Bresil
Migrations, Tate Britain, London (catalogue)
Liquid Archive, Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, Australia
The Mediterranean Approach, Musée d’Art Contemporain [MAC], France
Once Upon a Time the Screen, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
State of Transit, Open Space Open Systems, Vienna, Austria
Shkoun ahna?, Museum of Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Usages et convivialité, Maison des Arts de Malakoff, France
The Mediterranean Approach, SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Bresil
Migrations, Tate Britain, London
Once Upon a Time the Screen, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
Usages et convivialité, Maison des Arts de Malakoff, France
Liquid Archive, Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, Australia
State of Transit, Open Space Open Systems, Vienna, Austria
The Mediterranean Approach, Musée d’Art Contemporain [MAC], France
Family Matters: The Family in British Art, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Drift - an exploration of urban & suburban landscapes, Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates
Disquieting Muses, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki – State Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece (cat.)
Haunting: Furtive and uncanny presence in media, art, and pop, Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, Austria
The Mediterranean Approach, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice Biennale
A Million Miles from Home, Fokestone Triennial, Fokestone, UK (catalogue)
A Sense of Perspective, Tate Liverpool, UK
Told, Untold, Retold, Museum of Contemporary Art, Doha, Qatar (catalogue)
Les Rencontres de Picha 2010, Lubumbashi, Congo
Living Across, Spaces of Migration, xhibit, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
Entre-temps, LoftProject Etagi, Saint Petersbourg, Russia (catalogue)
Photography as a process of identity, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium (catalogue)
Voice Between Lines, Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida, Spain (catalogue)
Journey With No Return, A Foundation, Rochelle School, London (catalogue)
Wild is the Wind, SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), Savannah, USA (catalogue)
Frontieres, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali
Festival d’Art Contemporain, Algiers, Algeria
Journeys with no return, Akbank Cultural Centre, Istanbul
Femininity/Masculinity, Espai Visor, Valencia, Spain
Rebelle. Art and Feminism, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Holland (June) (cat.)
Elle@centrepmpidou, Pompidou Centre, Paris (cat.)
Entre-Temps, MIS (Museum of the Image and Sound) Sao Paulo, Brazil
Maritime Chronicles: flow and junctions, Ausstellungsraum Klingenthal, Kaserne, Basel, Switzerland
Sphères, at Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Châtel (Seine-et-Marne) – FRANCE
Surreale 2008, Galleria Mimmo Scognamiglio Gallery in Milan
Éclats de frontières – Nouvelles acquisitions, FRAC (Fond Réginal d’Art Contemporain, Marseilles)
U-turn, 1st Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (cat.)
REVOLUTIONS, The University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, USA
Body Space Exhibition, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle, UK
L’Art au Féminin, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain d’Alger, Algiers (cat.)
House Trip, Berlin Art Fair, Germany
Port Cities, on Mobility and Exhange, Arnolfini, Bristol (cat.)
Art Contemporain Arabe, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain d’Alger, Algiers, Algeria
Her(his)story, Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece
Heterotopias: Society Must Be Defended, Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece
Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change, Sharjah Biennial 8, United Arab Emirate (cat.)
Afterlife, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (cat.)
Global Feminism, Brooklyn Museum, NY, USA (cat.)
I Am Making Art. 4 Studies on the Artist’s Body: Identity and Transformation, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Switzerland
Beyond Dust, the Archeological Museum, Naples, Italy (cat.)
Entre Fronteras/Between Borders, Museum of Contemporary Art,Vigo Spain (cat.)
La Video: Un Art, Une Histoire 1965-2005, showcasing video work from the Centre Georges Pompidou’s collection. Touring internationally (cat.)
Mankind, Leuven, Belgium (cat.)
Exorcising Exoticism, 2006 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan (cat.)
Why Pictures Now: Photography/Film/Video, Mumok, Vienna, Austria (cat.)
The Waiting Place, Whitstable Biennale 2006, UK
Around the world in 80 days, ICA, Institute of Contemporary Art and South London Gallery, UK (cat.)
Une vision du Monde, la collection de Jean-Conrad et Isabelle Lemaître, La Maison Rouge, Paris (cat.)
The Art of White: painting, photography, installation, The Lowry, Salford Quays, UK (Catalogue)
British Art Show 06, opening at Baltic, Gateshead, touring to Manchester, Castle Museum, across several venues in Nottingham and Bristol. Meeting Point, Stenersen, Museum, Oslo, Norway (cat.)
Identità & Nomadismo, Palazzo delle Papesse-Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy (cat.)
Some Stories, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria. Touring to Minoriten Kultur Graz: May /July 10 and Magazin 4/ Kunstverein Bregenz
Africa Remix, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Hayward Gallery, London. Touring exhibition (Publication)
Historias; ‘History in the Making’: Photo Espana 2004 Madrid, Spain (cat.)
Britannia Works, Athens, Greece (April) (cat.)
Stranger than Fiction, Arts Council Collection. Touring nationally to Leeds City Art Gallery (April), Carlisle, Aberystwyth, Lincoln, Nottingham…(cat.)
‘Ficcions’ Documentals, Fundació la Caixa, Barcelona (cat.)
Tales of the City, British Council Exhibition, London Focus in 2004 Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italy (cat.)
Looking Both Ways, Museum for African Art, New York, USA (cat.)
Voyages d’artistes, Algérie 03, Espace Electra, Paris, France (Oct.) (cat.)
Gestes, Festival du Printemps de Septembre, édition 2003, Toulouse, France (cat.)
Aletheia, The Real of Conceament, Göteborgs Kontanstmuseum, Sweden (cat.)
Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Stranger, First Triennial of Photography and Video, Institute of Contemporary Photography, New York, USA(cat.)
Ouverture Algériennes, créations vivantes, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France (cat.)
Le XXeme siècle dans l’Art Algérien, Chateau Borrelli, Marseilles (Publication)
Veil, Walsall Museums and Art Gallery and Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool and MOMA, Oxford (Publication)
Zineb Sedira, Galleria Sogospatty, Rome, Italy (cat.) (touring exhibition)
Regard Croisé, Arles, France (touring exhibition)
Self-Evident: Making the Self the subject of Art from 1970 to the present Day, Tate Britain, London
History/Now, Stockholm Fotofestival 2002, Liljevalchs Konsthall. Touring in Sweden. (cat.)
In/tangible Cartographies: New Arab Video, Pacific Cinèmatheque, Vancouver, Canada
Fold, City Gallery, Leicester, UK (cat.)
Biennal of Photography in Florence and Prato, Monograph, Dryphoto arte contemporanea, Prato, Italy (cat.) (touring exhibition)
Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles 2002, 33e edition, Arles, France (cat.) (touring exhibition)
Patterns, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK.
Mémoires intimes d’un nouveau millénaire, IV Rencontres de la Photographie africaine, Bamako 2001, Mali (cat.)
History of our present, Argos Festival 2001, Cinema Nova, Brussels, Belguim. (cat.)
Authentic/ex-centric: Africa In and Out Africa, 49th VENICE BIENNALE, Italy. (cat./book)
ev+a, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick Annual Biennial, Republic of Ireland. (cat.)
More than meets the eye, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK (cat.)
Ekbatana?, Nikollaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark (cat.)
Insertion: Self and Other, Apex Art C.P, New York, U.S.A.
‘Artists’ Wallpapers: A Contemporary View’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.
From Where - to Here, Art from London, Konsthallen Göteborg Museum, Sweden (cat.)
Dialogue of the Present, Women’s Art Library, UK touring exhibition (Publication)
The Order of Things, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK.
Where are you from?, BM Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul, Turkey.
Is Art Beneath You?, Serpentine Gallery, London. (cat.)
Showgirls, Billboard Project, Women’s Art Factory, Sheffield.
Return of the Showgirls, Women’s Art Factory, The Workstation, Sheffield.
Point of Entry, Cable Street Gallery, London, UK.
Out of the Blue, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Museums, Scotland, UK (cat.)

Art in Embassies - U.S. Department of State, Washington
Arts Council England , London
Centre national des arts plastiques, ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Paris
Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris
Collection d’Isabelle et Jean-Conrad Lemaître
Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt
Ernst & Young, Paris
Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Paris
FRAC Alsace, Sélestat
FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseilles
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow
Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis
Musée d'art contemporain, Marseille [MAC]
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 / Cité nationale de l’histoire, Paris
Neuflize Vie, Paris
SACEM, Paris
SAM Art Projects, Paris
Sharjah Art Museum Collection, Sharjah
Tate collection, London
The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University
The mumok - museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien Collection, Vienna
Victoria and Albert Museum, Contemporary Wall Paper Collections, London
Whitworth Art Gallery, Contemporary Wall Paper Collections, Manchester
Wolverhampton Arts and Museums, Wolverhampton
Private collectors


Selected Essays and Writings

1997: Edith Marie Pasquier, Out of the Blue catalogue, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow –1998: Edith Marie Pasquier, essay for exhibition catalogue, Is Art beneath You?, Serpentine Gallery, London 1999: Edith Marie Pasquier,Oblique Gaze, Dialogue of the Present, exhibition catalogue/publication – 2000- Salah M. Hassan, Moi et l’Autre, l’Art dans le monde, exhibition catalogue, Paris - 2001: Gilane Tawadros, The Visible and the Invisible: The Work of Zineb Sedira, Authentic/ex-centric: Africa In and Out Africa, 59th Venice Biennale. - 2001: Rachel Garfield, Zineb Sedira, 2000: Fran Lloyd, Arab women artists: issues of representation and gender in contemporary British visual culture. - 2002: Simon Njami, Blink, (100 photographers, 10 curators, 10 writers), Phaidon Press – 2003: Fatma Zohra Zamoun, in Ouverture Algériennes, créations vivantes. Published by La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France - Teresa Macri, ‘Elle’ in ‘Zineb Sedira’, solo catalogue, Galeria Sogospatti, Rome. - Edith Marie Pasquier, ‘Letters of Transit’ in Looking Both Ways, Museum for African Art – Tina Sotiriadi, Gabriel Coxhead, Simon Njami in ‘Zineb Sedira, a story told with differences’, Conerhouse catalogue/DVD. 2005 : Sarah Zürcher, Syncretic Landscapes and Outlooks, in exhibition catalogue Meeting Point, Stenersen, Museum, Oslo, Norway. 2006: Richard Dyers, Saphir and Elvan Zabunyan, Bringing time to the present: some considerations on the recent work of Zineb Sedira for the solo exhibition catalogue: Zineb Sedira: Saphir. 2007: Nadira Laggoune: Shifting Perceptions for Canvas Magazine. 2008: Rachel Garfield: Zineb Sedira for the New Media Encyclopedia website of Beaubourg Art center, Paris. Cherry Smith: The Work of Zineb Sedira for Lux Online. 2009: Lisa Lefeuvre: Currents of Time, Iniva, Rivington Place, London, Nadira Laggoune, Erik Veraghen, Lisa Lefeuvre for solo catalogue and exhibition: Under The Sky and Over the Sea, Pori Museum, Finland, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Denmark and Bildmuseet, Sweden. – 2010: Paul Ardenne: ‘Zineb Sedira: Avant de retrouver un centre’ for the exhibition Zineb Sedira, Musée National Pablo Picasso, La Guerre et la Paix, Vallauris, France - 2011: Steven Bode: 'The Sea Closed By'; Coline Milliard: 'Memories' and Erik Verhagen for the monograph and exhibition Beneath the Surface, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris.