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Zineb Sedira | Let's go on singing!

08 February - 16 March 2024
Goodman Gallery, London

Let’s go on singing! marks the first solo exhibition with the gallery for British Franco-Algerian artist Zineb Sedira, as well as marking the artist’s first London show since her commended 2009 INIVA exhibition.

The exhibition coincides with Sedira’s highly anticipated solo at the Whitechapel Gallery where the artist will present the UK debut of her ground-breaking project and film Dreams Have No Titles, originally conceived for the French Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. Following the Whitechapel Gallery, the work will tour to Cultural Foundation Abu Dhabi in October 2024. Let’s go on singing! presents new and existing work in which Sedira expands on her exploration of cinema as a tool for joyful resistance and draws on the archive as a device to expose, reconsider and challenge history.

Born in France to Algerian parents, before relocating to London in the mid 1980s, Sedira’s practice has been significantly shaped by her personal experience and multi-hyphenated identity. Key areas of investigation in her practice centre around location, materials and migration; deploying the archive as a primary tool with which to expose persisting struggles of a fading past and to question readily accepted narratives.


8 photomontages on diasec, various objects, books, DVD and vinyl records, and a painted yellow wall
Resin sculpture with pedestal
Work: 143 x 87 cm
Resin Sculpture with pedestal
Work: 154 x 79 cm
Lightbox with light bulbs
Work: 51 x 61 x 14.5 cm
Installation of 7 lightboxes
Work: 169 x 277 x 13.5 cm
Lightbox with light bulbs
Work: 57 x 110 x 14.5 cm
Lightbox with light bulbs
Work: 200 x 40 x 14.5 cm
Lightbox with light bulbs
Work: 61 x 80 x 14.5 cm



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Zineb Sedira

Zineb Sedira’s (b. 1963 Paris, France) work has enriched the debate around the concepts of modernism, modernity and its manifestations in an inclusive way for over the fifteen years of her practice. She has also raised awareness of artistic expression and the contemporary experience in North Africa.

She found inspiration initially in researching her identity as a woman with a singular personal geography. From these autobiographical concerns she gradually shifted her interest to more universal ideas of mobility, memory and transmission. Full of her fascination for the relationship between mother and daughter, her vidéo Mother Tongue (2002), depicts three generations of women and raises the issue of transmission in a globalized world.

Sedira has also addressed environmental and geographical issues, negotiating between both past and future. Using portraits, landscapes, language and archival research, she has developed a polyphonic vocabulary, spanning fiction, documentary and more poetic and lyrical approaches. Sedira has worked in installation, photography, film, video and she has recently returned to object-making. Preserving and transmitting memories of the past in order to leave a legacy for the future has often been at the core of Sedira’s work.

Sedira’s work was shown in several solo exhibitions including at the Photographer’s Gallery (London, 2006), at Wapping Project (London, 2008), at New Art Exchange (Nottingham, 2009), at Pori Museum (Finland, 2009), at BildMuseets (Sweden, 2010), at Kunsthalle Nikolaj (Copenhagen, 2010), at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2010), at the [mac] musée d’Art contemporain of Marseille (2010), at the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, at Prefix – Institute of Contemporary Art (Toronto, 2010) and et at the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver and at Blaffer Art Museum, Houston (2013).

Her work was also shown in many group shows in institutions such as Tate Britain (London, 2002), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2004, 2009), Mori Museum (Tokyo, 2005), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, 2005), Musée d’Art Moderne of Alger (2007), Brooklyn Museum (New York, 2007), Mathaf – Arab Museum of Modern Art (Qatar, 2010), the Contemporary Art Center (Thessaloniki, 2011) at the Tate Britain, London, UK, at the MuCEM, Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerrannée and the Friche de la Belle de Mai (2013), Marseille, at the Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea, at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2013), at the MMK Museum für Mordern Kunst, Germany (2014), as well as in biennials and triennials, including the Venice Biennale (2001 and 2011), the triennial for photography and video at the Institute of Contemporary Photography in New York (2003), the Sharjah Biennale (2003 and 2007) and the Folkestone Triennial (2011).

Sedira is founder of aria (artist residency in algiers), a residency program to support the development of the contemporary art scene in Algeria through international cross-cultural exchanges and collaborations.

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