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© Zineb Sedira

French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Art

  • Venise
From 23 April 2022 to 27 November 2022
Visual arts
Nominated to represent France at the 59th Venice International Art Exhibition, Zineb Sedira has chosen to work with three co-curators, Yasmina Reggad and the duo Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, to accompany her on her artistic project.

Following the postponement of the Architecture Biennale due to the global pandemic, the next edition of the Venice Art Biennale will be held from 23 April to 27 November 2022 under the curatorship of Cecilia Alemani, whose theme is "The Milk of Dreams".

Attached to the issues of transmission and preservation of memories as well as archival documents, Zineb Sedira will present in the French Pavilion a new work that pays tribute to the militant cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, the period of the first co-productions between France, Italy and Algeria. The major element of her work takes the form of a film or "docu-fiction" that bears witness to the ties of artistic and cinematographic solidarity that existed between these three countries around the pan-African movement in which Algeria played a major role. She brings back to life archive images of Algeria's post-independence history, precious testimonies that contribute to the writing of a decentralised history of ideas and world cinema.

Conceived as militant newspapers from the 1960s, three magazines that make up the catalogue of the French Pavilion allow us to broaden the issues raised by the artistic project around pan-African cinematographic solidarities.

In order to make the French Pavilion "resonate" outside the walls of Venice, several projects have been developed with contemporary art fairs, festivals, cultural institutions and the French cultural network abroad. The La Collection catalogue from the Institut français offers a programme of films designed in connection with Zineb Sedira's project.

Zineb Sedira was nominated as the fourth woman to exhibit at the French Pavilion by a selection committee composed of French and international experts. The committee also included representatives of the Institut français and its supervisory ministries.

The Institut français is the operator of the French Pavilion and handles its implementation in close collaboration with its two supervisory ministries.