Zineb Sedira Biography


  • National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
  • kamel mennour, Paris.
  • Gardiennes d’images, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
  • Les rêves n’ont pas de titres, Musée d’art contemporain, Marseille.
  • Under the Sky and Over the Sea, BildMuseets, Umeå University, Sweden.
  • Under the Sky and Over the Sea, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Coppenhagen, Danemark.
  • Galerie Edouard-Manet, Gennevilliers, France.
  • Prefix, OInstitute of Contemporary Arts, Toronto, Canada.
  • Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Coppenhagen, Denmark.
  • John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton.
  • MiddleSea as part of Forex, at Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (July/August) Zineb Sedira, Pori.
  • Museum, Finland (Oct.) (catalogue).
  • 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.
  • Saphir, Temble Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Videos by Zineb Sedira, Centre d’Art Contemporain du Parvis, Pau, France.
  • Video: Saphir, Centre Culturel Français, Algiers, Algeria.
  • Saphir, Photographers Gallery, London (Catalogue).
  • Transitional landscape, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris.
  • Galerie Esma, Algiers, Centre Culturel Français, Oran and Constantine, Algeria.
  • OneTwenty Gallery, Gent, Belgium.
  • Fri-Art, Fribourg, Swizerland.
  • Galerie Où, Marseille, France.
  • Zineb Sedira: Telling stories with differences, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK (Catalogue/DVD) Touring exhibition.
  • Zineb Sedira, Galleria Sogospatty, Rome, Italy (Catalogue).
  • The Agency, London.
  • Regard Croisé, Arles, France.
  • Sharjah International Art Biennial, United Arab Emirate (Catalogue).
  • Biennal of Photography in Florence and Prato, Monograph, Dryphoto arte contemporanea, Prato. Italy (catalogue).
  • Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles 2002, 33e edition, Arles, France (Catalogue).
  • The Agency, London, UK.


  • Fokestone Triennial, Fokestone, UK.
  • Told; Untold; Retold, Museum of Contemporary Art, Doha; Qatar.
  • North Carolina Museum of Art.
  • Spaces of Migration, Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria.
  • Rebelle. Art and Feminism, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Holland (Catalogue).
  • Femininity/Masculinity, Espai Visor, Valencia, Spain (June).
  • Journeys with no return, Akbank Cultural Centre, Istanbul (Sept.).
  • Frontieres, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali (Nov).
  • Aftermath, Alexandria Biennale, Egypt (December).
  • Dar 1718, Cairo, Egypt (December).
  • Elle@centrepmpidou, Pompidou Centre, Paris (Catalogue).
  • 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 (Sept/Oct) (Catalogue).
  • 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 (Catalogue).
  • Femmes dans l’Art Contemporain Arabe, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain d’Alger, Algiers (Nov.) (Catalogue).
  • Port Cities, Arnolfini, Bristol (Sept.).
  • Zineb Sedira, Mois de la Photo, MAI (Montréal Arts Interculturels), Montréal, Canada (September) (catalogue).
  • I Am Making Art. 4 Studies on the Artist’s Body: Identity and Transformation, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève,
  • Switzerland.
  • Afterlife, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (Catalogue).
  • Global Feminism, Brooklyn Museum, NY, USA (Catalogue).
  • Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change, Sharjah Biennial 8, United Arab Emirate (Catalogue).
  • Her(his)story, Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece.
  • Art Contemporain Arabe, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain d’Alger, Algiers, Algeria (Catalogue).
  • Beyond Dust, the Archeological Museum, Naples, Italy (catalogue).
  • Entre Fronteras/Between Borders, Museum of Contemporary Art,Vigo Spain (catalogue).
  • La Video: Un Art, Une Histoire 1965-2005, showcasing video work from the Centre Georges Pompidou’s collection.
  • Touring internationally (catalogue).
  • Beyond Lilith, The sacred feminine, Scuderie Aldobrandini, in Frascati, Italy.
  • Mankind, Leuven, Belgium (Catalogue).
  • Coding: Decoding, The museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark (Catalogue).
  • Exorcising Exoticism, 2006 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan (Catalogue).
  • Why Pictures Now: Photography/Film/Video, Mumok, Vienna, Austria (Catalogue).
  • The Waiting Place, Whitstable Biennale 2006, UK.
  • Africa Remix, Mori Museum, Tokyo (Publication).
  • Around the world in 80 days, ICA, Institute of Contemporary Art and South London Gallery, UK (Catalogue).
  • Entangled Tongue at the Nunnery Gallery, London (April).
  • Une vision du Monde, la collection de Jean-Conrad et Isabelle Lemaître, La Maison Rouge, Paris (Catalogue).
  • Liberation, Tradition and Meaning/Women on the Edge of Culture, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, USA.
  • Culture bound, East Wing Collection VII, Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
  • Entangled Tongues, Espace Culturel François Mitterand, Periguex, France.
  • Translation, part of the annual Barents spetakkel festival, Kirkenes, Norway (Catalogue).
  • 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 (Catalogue).
  • E-Maf exhibition, Ewha- Media Art Festival, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul.
  • Identità & Nomadismo, Palazzo delle Papesse-Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy (Catalogue).
  • Light Silver, Beaconsfield Gallery, London.
  • 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).
  • Women by Women, International Forum of Photography, Frankfurt, Germany (Catalogue).
  • Historias; ‘History in the Making’: Photo Espana 2004 Madrid, Spain (Catalogue).
  • Etre musulman au Caire, Istanbul, Téhéran, Dakar et Paris, La Villette, Paris (Catalogue).
  • Britannia Works, Athens, Greece (April) (Catalogue).
  • Stranger than Fiction, Arts Council Collection. Touring nationally to Leeds City Art Gallery (April), Carlisle, Aberystwyth,
  • Lincoln, Nottingham…(Catalogue).
  • ‘Ficcions’ Documentals, Fundació la Caixa, Barcelona (Catalogue).
  • Tales of the City, British Council Exhibition, London Focus in 2004 Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italy (Catalogue).
  • Poetics of Proximity, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, CA, USA (Catalogue).
  • Looking Both Ways, Museum for African Art, New York, USA (Catalogue).
  • Voyages d’artistes, Algérie 03, Espace Electra, Paris, France (Oct.) (Catalogue).
  • …d’Algérie. Zineb Sedira, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Espace Croisé, Roubaix, France.
  • Gestes, Festival du Printemps de Septembre, édition 2003, Toulouse, France (Catalogue).
  • Aletheia, The Real of Conceament, Göteborgs Kontanstmuseum, Sweden (Catalogue).
  • Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri, USA (Catalogue).
  • Stranger, First Triennial of Photography and Video, Institute of Contemporary Photography, New York, USA.
  • Ouverture Algériennes, créations vivantes, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France (Catalogue).
  • Videoprogramm, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin.
  • Le XXeme siècle dans l’Art Algérien, Chateau Borrelli, Marseilles (Publication).
  • Veil: Veiling, Representation, and Contemporary Art, Walsall Museums and Art Gallery, Walsall. Touring to: Bluecoat
  • Gallery, Liverpool and MOMA, Oxford (Publication).
  • New Shehrazad, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain (Catalogue).
  • Shatat: Arab Diaspora Women Artists, CU Art Galleries, Boulder, USA.
  • Presence, Leighton House Museum, London.
  • Self-Evident: Making the Self the subject of Art from 1970 to the present Day, Tate Britain, London.
  • Colori del Mediterraneo, Santa Andrea Hospital, Rome, Italy. Permanent work — New Commission.
  • En Direct de Bamako, Fnac, Paris, France.
  • History/Now, Stockholm Fotofestival 2002, Liljevalchs Konsthall. Touring in Sweden. (Catalogue).
  • In/tangible Cartographies: New Arab Video, Pacific Cinèmatheque, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Fold, City Gallery, Leicester, UK (catalogue).
  • 4émes Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine de Bamako, Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italy (Catalogue).
  • VideoRom, Gian Carla Zanutti Gallery, Milan, Italy.
  • Private View Cards, London Prints works, London Print Studio Gallery, UK. (Catalogue).
  • The Story of 2002 Nights, Brigitte Marsh Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • In/tangible Cartographies: New Arab Video, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California. (Catalogue)
  • Videorient, Landesmuseum, Austria.
  • VideoRom, Le Toit du Monde — Centre Multidisciplinaire Pour la Culture Actuelle" in Vevey, Switzerland.
  • Patterns, Spacex Gallery and Exeter Cathedral, Exeter, UK.
  • Art-tube01, inside a working train on the Piccadilly Line of the London Underground. (catalogue).
  • Mémoires intimes d’un nouveau millénaire, IV Rencontres de la Photographie africaine, Bamako 2001, Mali. (Catalogue).
  • History of our present, Argos Festival 2001, Cinema Nova, Brussels, Belguim. (Catalogue).
  • In/tangible cartographies: New Arab Video, 19th World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam, Netherland. (Catalogue).
  • Camouflage, Visibility, Invisibility, Imitation and Dissimulation, Nerhu centre, London, UK.
  • The Passions: The Mobile Biennial, VideoRom, The 1st VALENCIA BIENNALE, Spain. (Catalogue).
  • Authentic/ex-centric: Africa In and Out Africa, 49th VENICE BIENNALE, Italy. (Catalogue/book).
  • ev+a, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick Annual Biennial, Republic of Ireland. (Catalogue).
  • L’art dans le Monde, La Culée, Pont Alexandre III, Paris, France, (Catalogue).
  • More than meets the eye, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, (Catalogue).
  • Femme-Art-Mediterranée, Rhodes, Greece.
  • Ekbatana?, Nikollaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, (Catalogue).
  • We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, Poplar Baths, East End, London, UK.
  • Insertion: Self and Other, Apex Art C.P, New York, U.S.A.
  • ‘Artists’ Wallpapers: A Contemporary View’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.
  • Story-Time-Appendix A, Municipal Cultural Centre, Nazareth and Jerusalem. Palestine, (Catalogue).
  • Genealogies, Miscegenations, Missed Generations’, William Benton Museum of Art, Connecticut, USA, (Catalogue).
  • Fresh Masala, Moti-Roti production, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, UK.
  • h5. 1999
  • From Where — to Here, Art from London, Konsthallen Göteborg Museum, Sweden, (Catalogue).
  • Shoe Store, Project-1, Istanbul fringe Biennial, Turkey.
  • 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, (Catalogue).
  • 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, (Catalogue).


  • Deutsche Bank.
  • Ernst&Young, UK.
  • Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) Paca, Marseille.
  • Sharjah Art Museum Collection, AUE.
  • Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain d’Alsace (FRAC).
  • Fond Municipal d’Art Contemporain (FMAC), de la ville de Paris.
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Photography and New Media dept, Paris, France.
  • Tate, London.
  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, video dept., Paris.
  • Cité Nationale de l’Histoire et de l’Immigration, Paris.
  • Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK), Vienna, Austria.
  • Wolverhampton Arts and Museums, U.K.
  • Musée Reattu, collection from the ‘Rencontres de la Photographie’, Arles, France.
  • Fond National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Photography, Paris, France.
  • The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University, UK.
  • Arts Council of England, London, UK.
  • Whitworth Art Gallery, Contemporary Wall Paper Collections, Manchester, UK.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Contemporary Wall Paper Collections, London, UK.
  • Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Museums, Scotland.
  • Private collectors


  • Prix SAM, Paris.
  • Prix Jarman, Film London, Channel 4, Whitechapel Gallery, Sélectionnée.
  • 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.


  • Rachel Garfield: Zineb Sedira for the New Media Encyclopedia website of Baeubourg Art center, Paris. Cherry Smith:
  • The Work of Zineb Sedira for Lux Online. n°4, juin, juillet, aôut.
  • h5. 2007
  • Nadira Laggoune: Shifting Perceptions for Canvas Magazine.
  • 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.
  • Sarah Zürcher, Syncretic Landscapes and Outlooks, in exhibition catalogue Meeting Point, Stenersen, Museum, Oslo,
  • Norway.
  • 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.
  • Simon Njami, Blink, (100 photographers, 10 curators, 10 writers), Phaidon Press.
  • Rachel Garfield, Zineb Sedira,
  • Gilane Tawadros, The Visible and the Invisible: The Work of Zineb Sedira, Authentic/ex-centric: Africa In and Out Africa,
  • 59th Venice Biennale.
  • Fran Lloyd, Arab women artists: issues of representation and gender in contemporary British visual culture.
  • Salah M. Hassan, Moi et l’Autre, l’Art dans le monde, exhibition catalogue, Paris, France.

Zineb Sedira


Photography, video

Artist born in 1963 in Paris, France. 

Alger, Paris et Londres

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