On the proposal of the selection committee chaired by Charlotte Laubard, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Franck Riester, Minister for Culture, Zineb Sedira has been selected to represent France at the 59thVenice International Art Biennale in 2021.
Zineb Sedira was born in 1963 in Paris. She lives in London and works between Algiers, London and Paris. She studied at Central St Martin's School of Art, the Slade School of Art, and the Royal College of Art in London. She is the Founder of ARIA (Artist Residency in Algiers), which supports the development of the contemporary art scene in Algeria. In 2015 she was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize.
She has had numerous personal exhibitions in France (Palais de Tokyo, MAC Marseille) and internationally (Switzerland, Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, South Africa, Algeria, Tunisia, Canada, United States, Qatar, Dubai). She took part in the Arles Photograph Festival and the Florence Photography Festival.
The Jeu de Paume arts centre presented a retrospective exhibition of her work since 1998, L’espace d’un instant(For A Moment) until 19 January 2020.
Zineb Sedira is represented by the Kamel Mennour (Paris), The Third Line (Dubai) and Plutschow & Felchlin (Zurich) galleries.
According to the selection committee: “Zineb Sedira paved the way for a re-reading of colonial history as early as the late 1990s, when these issues were still largely unaddressed by French society. She was chosen for her ability to multiply views and perspectives on these issues while assuming a strong poetic and aesthetic dimension. In recent years, she has expanded her research to other geographies and has extended the colonial question to that of economic and human flows and the circulation of ideas. ”
Chaired by Charlotte Laubard, the selection committee was made up of six experts and three institutional members:
- Charlotte Laubard is an art historian and curator. She has been teaching at HEAD (the Geneva University of Art and Design) since 2013 and has headed its Visual Arts Department for two years.
- Naomi Beckwith has been a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago since 2011. In 2015 she was on the jury of the 56th Venice Biennale.
- Hélène Guenin is director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC) in Nice. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Manifesta 13, Marseille and a member of the CNAP College of Visual Arts purchasing commission.
- Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel is the deputy director of Lafayette Anticipations. In 2017, she was appointed co-curator of the exhibition Voyage d’Hiver (Winter Trip) at the Château of Versailles. In 2019, she was appointed curator of the next Riga Biennale in 2020.
- Morad Montazami is an art historian, publisher and curator. He runs the Zamân Books & Curating platform, which focuses on the study of Arab, African and Asian modernities.
- Yves Robert has just taken on the role of Deputy Director of the Lyon Biennales. Between 2014 and 2019, he ran the National Centre for Visual Arts.
- The three institutional members were represented by Laurence Auer, Director for Culture, Education, Research and Networks at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Marianne Berger, Acting Head of the Visual Arts Department at the Ministry for Culture and Pierre Buhler, President of the Institut français.