Venice Biennale announcements are rolling in at a steady pace. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Stan Douglas would represent Canada at the storied exhibition. Now, France has picked Zineb Sedira, a London-based artist who is known for her photographs and video installations, for its pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale. The news was first reported by the French newspaper Le Monde.
Sedira will be the first artist of Algerian descent to represent the country at the Venice Biennale, and her work often explores intergenerational memory. She has previously shown work at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Montreal, the Tate Britain, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and other international venues.
In 2019, Sedira had a show at the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris. The show, which ran through January 19, brought together multimedia installations, films, and photographs looking at personal histories and environmental destruction. The End of the Road (2010), Lighthouse in the Sea of Time (2010), Laughter in Hell (2018), and Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go (2019) were among the works on view.
Born in Paris in 1963, Sedira studied at the Central Saint Martins School of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art, and the Royal College of Art, all of which are located in London. Some of her early pieces, like the three-channel video Mother Tongue (2002), examine gender, immigration, and language. Recent works by Sedira have focused on Algerian oral histories and the ongoing legacies of colonial violence.