Zineb Sedira

Dreams Have No Titles

Les rêves n’ont pas de titre

April 23 to November 27, 2022

59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

“Dreams Have No Titles”


The French Pavilion presents Zineb Sedira’s multidisciplinary exhibition, an immersive installation consisting of film, sculpture, photography, sound and collage. In line with her practice to date, Sedira uses autobiographical narrative, fiction and documentary to shed light on past and present international solidarities related to historical liberation struggles. Her contribution serves as a cautionary tale about the failure of an emancipatory promise which, for many people, remains an unfulfilled, not to say an impossible dream.

In “Dreams Have No Titles”, the artist addresses a major turning point in the history of cultural, intellectual and avant-garde production of the 1960s, 1970s and beyond, in France, Italy and Algeria especially. She focuses on a repertoire of remarkable cinematographic co- productions and filmmaking, in particular activist ones, which had an impact on postcolonial movements.

During several visits to the archives of the Algerian Cinémathèque, she continued to mine the country’s incredible film heritage, which hardly ever gets a mention in the history of the cinematographic avant-gardes. Post- independence cinema in France, Italy and Algeria adhered to the so-called “Third-World” values and aesthetics, which amounted to a true revolution on the big screen. Throughout her life, Zineb Sedira felt close to this militant and anti-colonial movement inspired by the Cuban model, showing a political courage that she considers to be an important manifestation of solidarity at that time, and which she hopes to reactivate today.


Zineb Sedira


Yasmina Reggad,
Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

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Red, green, and blue, these three color-coded issues chart the artistic journey of Zineb Sedira, culminating in her presentation for the French Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2022. A cross between a newspaper and a magazine paying tribute to such innovative Maghrebi publications of the 1970s as Les 2 écrans or Souffles, this generically hybrid publication is conceived as an alternative to the catalogue in the traditional sense.

Press Kit

Zineb Sedira

Three countries have influenced the career of Zineb Sedira: France, where she was born and grew up; Algeria, where her parents came from; and England, where she lives. Like her emblematic cinematic installation Mother Tongue, created in 2002, her personal and artistic journey embodies a complex mapping of Europe and Africa.

Zineb de face

The Curators

Yasmina Reggad

Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

Yasmina sur une image provenant du film

Yasmina Reggad

sam et till sur des images provenant du film

Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

in partnership with

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kamel mennour, Paris, Cineteca di Bologna, Ville de Paris (Centre des Récollets),
Cinémathèque française, INA, CNC, Picto Foundation

Zineb Sedira is represented by kamel mennour, Paris and The Third Line, Dubaï

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