Zineb Sedira was born in Paris to Algerian parents in 1963. She studied at the Central St Martin’s School of Art and the Slade School of Art, followed by research studies at the Royal College of Art. The artist's photographs and video installation use the perspective of her own experience to frame questions about language, transmission, memory and mobility.
Zineb's work has been included in many solo exhibitions such as Zineb Sedira @ NOW 5, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK (2019); Laughter in Hell, kamel mennour, Paris, France (2018); Of Words and Stones, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2018); Air Affairs and Maritime NonSense, Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, Sharjah, UAE (2018); La Maison de ma mère, Le liberté, Toulon, France (2017); L’écriture des lignes, curated by Mouna Mekouar, kamel mennour Paris, France (2016); Now you see me - now you see me, VCUQ Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth Universtiy, Doha Qatar (2016); Sands of Time, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2015); Disenchanted Matters, Plutschow & Felchlin, Zurich, Switzerland (2014); Maritime Chronicles, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan, Italy (2014); Geo-portrait/Geo-portail, Galerie La Jetee, J1 Grand Port Maritime, Marseille, France (2013); Lighthouse in the Sea of Time, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Houston, USA (2013); Recits Maritimes: Entre Terre et Mer, Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia (2013); The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part V: Zineb Sedira, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2013).
Her work has also been included in extensive group exhibitions, including Sixty Years, Tate Britain, London, UK (2019); Is This Tomorrow? Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2019); La Terre la plus contraire, Fondation Fernet-Branca, Bâle, Switzerland (2017); L’Orient aux deux visages, Fondation Pierre Arnaud, Lens, Switzerland (2017);Destinerrance, Arteum, Châteauneuf-le-rouge, France (2017); Voices, collection display at the Drum Gallery, Tate modern, United Kingdom (2017); Tous, des sang-mêlés, MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France (2017); Offshore : artists explore the sea, Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum, Hull, UK (2017); Après Babel, traduire, MuCEM, Marseille, France (2016); VideoStudio: Meeting Points, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA (2016); Carte blanche exceptionnelle de Zineb Sedira, Silencio, Paris, France (2016); Crosswords, HANGAR Centro de Investigação Artística, Lisbon, Portugal (2016); Underline: Art & Music for the Victoria line, Victoria line, Art on the Underground, London, UK (2016); L’iris de Lucy, artistess africaines contemporaines, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, France (2016); Uncertain States, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany (2016); We refugees - On the right to have right, Karlsruhe, Badischer Kunstverein, Germany (2016); But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York (2016); The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoded, Museu Coleçāo Berardo, Lisboa (2016); The Migrant (Moving) Image, A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2015); Horizons, Plutschow Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland (2015); Prix Marcel Duchamp, FIAC, Paris, France (2015); The Translator's Voice, MARCO - Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain, (2015); Unfinished Conversations, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2015); New Africa, La Villa, Casablanca, Morocco (2014); Songs of Losse and Songs of Love: Lee Nan-Young and Oum Kulthoum, Gwanju Museum of Art, South Korea; The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists, MMK Museum fur Modern Kunst, Frankfurt, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C. (2014 - 2015). Zineb Sedira won several awards including the Dazibao Prize (2011) and the Prix SAM pour l’art contemporain (2010). In 2015, Zineb was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp.
Zineb's work is in numerous public collections including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York City, USA; Centre Pompidou, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris; FRAC Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, Marseille; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow; Mathaf – Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Musee national de l’histoire et des cultures de l’immigration/ Cite nationale de l’histoire, Paris; mumok – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah; Tate, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, Contemporary Wall Paper Collections, London.
Zineb lives in London and works between Algiers, Paris and London.