Zineb Sedira: Dreams Have No Titles

  • set of a bar

    Zineb Sedira, Installation view from Dreams Have No Titles at the Venice Biennale, 2022, Photo: Thierry Bal.

  • green screen set installation

    Zineb Sedira, Installation view from Dreams Have No Titles at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin, 2023, © Mathieu Carmona © DACS, London.

  • film canisters and light

    Zineb Sedira, Installation view from Dreams Have No Titles at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin, 2023, © Mathieu Carmona © DACS, London.

  • set of a dressing room

    Zineb Sedira, Installation view from Dreams Have No Titles at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin, 2023, © Mathieu Carmona © DACS, London.

  • set of a living room

    Zineb Sedira, Installation view from Dreams Have No Titles at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin, 2023, © Mathieu Carmona © DACS, London.

Booking for Exhibition£12.50

Booking for Exhibition + Le Bal£12.50

15 Feb – 12 May 2024

Galleries 1, 2, 8 & 9

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Please note on 6-7 Mar, Zineb Sedira Presents will be moved to the Zilkha Auditorium.

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Exhibition
Zineb Sedira: Dreams Have No Titles

★★★★ “The French Algerian artist keeps us suspended between the real and the fictive, past and present, as we go on a romp through cinematic classics”The Guardian

★★★★ “A dizzying trip through revolutionary cinema history”Time Out

“Ravishing recreations of film sets charm and provoke”Financial Times

Whitechapel Gallery presents the UK debut of Zineb Sedira’s critically acclaimed exhibition Dreams Have No Titles.

Originally conceived for the French Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022, Dreams Have No Titles is an immersive installation comprising film, sculpture, photography and performance, that interweaves the artist’s biography with activist films produced across France, Algeria and Italy in the 1960s and 1970s, a pivotal moment in the history of avant-garde film production.

Sedira transforms the Gallery’s exhibition space into a series of film sets. In one gallery, visitors find themselves in a ballroom from Ettore Scola’s iconic film Le Bal (1983), and in another, a recreation of the living room from Sedira’s Brixton home. A full-scale cinema will also be constructed in the upper galleries, to screen Sedira’s film of the same name, Dreams Have No Titles, in which the audience will see many of the sets that they’ve encountered in the exhibition as a backdrop for Sedira’s own shoot.

Dreams Have No Titles blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality, using cinema and performance to foreground the importance – and joy – of collective shared experiences, while simultaneously raising a warning about the failure of the emancipatory dream that for many people remains an unfulfilled promise.

For more information, please find the press release here.

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About Zineb Sedira

Zineb Sedira (b.1963) was born in Paris to Algerian parents, and moved to London to study art. She studied at Central Saint Martins, Slade School of Art, and the Royal College of Art. She now lives between London and Paris but also works in Algeria. Working between the mediums of photography, film, installation and performance, Sedira is most known for her explorations of the human effects of geography. During her earlier work, this was often grounded in her own family’s experiences, but in recent years Sedira has turned to various kinds of archives, interrogating the historical narratives that they hold. 

Sedira’s work is held in several UK collections including Arts Council England, Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow, Wolverhampton Arts and Museums, Exeter University College, Whitworth Art Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Tate. She was also shortlisted for the 2021 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Sedira is represented by Goodman Gallery in London and Mennour in Paris.

Le Bal Tango Performance

Regular tango dance performances inspired by choreography from Ettore Scola’s 1983 iconic film, Le Bal, will take place in Gallery 1. 

Performances run for 30 mins.

Wed – Sun: 2pm, 3pm, 5pm

Thu – 2pm, 3pm, 5pm 7pm

 


Generously supported by:

Goodman GalleryMennour, ParisSelma Feriani GalleryThe Zineb Sedira Exhibition CircleMaria and Malek Sukkar, Erin Bell and Those who wish to remain anonymousFluxus Art ProjectsWith the support of the Institut français of Paris