Kamel Mennour and Zineb Sedira open the French Pavilion in Venice
Along with curators Yasmina Reggad, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Zineb Sedira is the leading figure of the Venice Biennale’s French Pavilion this year. For the occasion, she has designed an extraordinary immersive installation that brings together sculptures, photographs, videos, sounds and collages. Her film, “Dreams have no title”, is the centerpiece of this multidisciplinary project. It explores the links that unite the history of three capitals of avant-garde cinema in the 60’s and 70’s: Venice, Algiers and Paris. Born in France, daughter of Algerian parents and now a Londoner, Zineb Sedira has made cultural exchanges the keystone of her work. All her work reflects a universal ambition for freedom, circulation of ideas and multiple identities. Using biographical elements and drawing on her personal history, the artist plunges the visitor into a fiction-reality, both a meta reflection and a celebration of cinema as an empowerment force. On April 21, at the Palazzo Tiepolo, the gallery owner, Kamel Mennour, honored the artist during an inaugural cocktail.
Photo: Pierre Mouton