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MOCA Artist Film Series: Zineb Sedira

Still from Dreams Have No Titles, 2022. Courtesy the artist, Mennour, Paris and Goodman Gallery, London.

MOCA Artist Film Series: Zineb Sedira
Dreams Have No Titles, 2022, 24 min.


The MOCA Artist Film Series, presented by The Edward F. Limato Foundation, is an active and dynamic platform for the presentation of artist films. Inspired by film and video works in MOCA’s renowned collection, these programs explore the critical issues of our time and place and focus on experiments in long-form, narrative, and feature-length films. With ongoing presentations in the Ahmanson Auditorium, all screenings feature artists in dialogue with fellow artists, historians, and critics.

Using autobiographical narrative, fiction, and documentary, Zineb Sedira’s Dreams Have No Titles–her sprawling, award-winning contribution for the French Pavilion at the 2022 Venice Biennale–addresses the history of cultural, intellectual, and avant-garde film production of the 1960s and beyond through the history of filmmaking and its impact on postcolonial movements and liberation struggles. In the film, Sedira mines Algeria’s cinema heritage through the archives of the Algerian Cinémathèque, touching upon post-independence cinema in France, Italy, and Algeria and the so-called “Third-World” values and aesthetics they adhered to.

Sedira will be present for a post-screening conversation with Dr. Tiffany E. Barber, Assistant Professor of African American Art at the University of California.

Zineb Sedira lives in London and works between Paris, Algiers and London. The artist has been shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2021 and will be representing France at the 59th Venice Biennale, 2022. Sedira has exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Photographer’s Gallery (London, 2006); New Art Exchange (Nottingham, 2009); Pori Museum (Finland, 2009); Bildmuseet (Sweden, 2010); Kunsthalle Nikolaj (Denmark, 2010); Palais de Tokyo (France, 2010); [mac] musée d’Art contemporain (Marseille, 2010); Blaffer Art Museum, (Houston, 2013); Prefix - Institute of Contemporary Art (Toronto, 2010); Charles H. Scott Gallery (Canada); Art On the Underground, (London, 2016); Sharjah Art Foundation (2018); Beirut Art Center (Lebanon, 2018); Jeu de Paume, Paris and IVAM (Spain, 2019), Bildmuseet (Sweden 2021) and Smoca, USA (USA 2021). Sedira has had in group shows at Tate Britain (London, 2002); Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2004, 2009); Mori Museum (Tokyo, 2005); Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, 2005); Musée d’Art Moderne of (Algiers, 2007); Brooklyn Museum (New York, 2007); Gwangju Museum of Art (South Korea) and the Centre Pompidou-Metz, (France , 2013); MMK Museum für Mordern Kunst (Germany, 2014); Power Plant (Toronto); Smithsonian (Washington, 2015); Guggenheim and Studio Museum (NY); Museum Colecao Berardo, (Lisbon, 2016); MAC VAL (France , 2017) and Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2019). Also in biennials and triennials including the Venice Biennale (2001 and 2011); Limerick Biennial (Ireland 2001); ICP Triennial (New York, 2003); Sharjah Biennale (UAE, 2003 and 2007); Folkestone Triennial (2011); Thessaloniki Biennale (Greece, 2011), Prospect, New Orleans, (USA, 2016).

Dr. Tiffany E. Barber is a prize-winning, internationally-recognized scholar, curator, and critic whose writing and expert commentary appears in top-tier academic journals, popular media outlets, and award-winning documentaries. Her work spans abstraction, dance, fashion, feminism, film, and the ethics of representation, focusing on artists of the Black diaspora working in the United States and the broader Atlantic world. Her latest curatorial project, a virtual, multimedia exhibition for Google Arts and Culture, examines the value of Afrofuturism in times of crisis. Dr. Barber is currently Assistant Professor of African American Art at the University of California-Los Angeles as well as curator-in-residence at the Delaware Contemporary. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, she was Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Art History at the University of Delaware. She has completed fellowships at ArtTable, the Delaware Art Museum, the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, and the Getty Research Institute. Dr. Barber is the recipient of the Smithsonian’s 2022 National Portrait Gallery Director’s Essay Prize.

MOCA Artist Film Series is organized by José Luis Blondet, Senior Curator with Alitzah Oros, Public Programming Associate, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

MOCA Artist Film Series is presented by The Edward F. Limato Foundation.

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