A PERSONAL COLLECTION OF JOKES
Zineb Sedira, 2018
First presented as part of the work "Laughter in Hell" and the exhibition "Air Affairs and Maritime NonSense". The decade 1990 to 2000 was a critical period during which an armed conflict between algerian Government and various Islamic rebel groups raged and an estimated 200,000 Algerians perished. The country, and particularly civilians, lived and suffered extreme violence and brutality. Zineb Sedira returned to Algiers in 2005, after two decades of absence, she was surprised by how individuals, friends, and family were able to recount their devestating expereiences with modesty, dignified humour, and a sense of absurdity. It was only through via the satire, self-depreciation and humour of Algerians she knew, that she came to better understand the context and the cruelty of the situation. As an artist, she created work concerned with the transmission of memory and oral histories and the theme of `Art and Resistance` has been the core of her artistic practice. As a memorial, she created this book as well as a wider art installation entitled Laughter in Hell which addressses humour through the caticatures in the Algerian press of the 90s. A form of non-violent resistance.
Published by: Sharjah Art Foundation
Language: English, Arabic & French