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 Present Tense, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, USA (2015); 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 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 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.