Lighthouse in the Sea of Time, 2011, 6 screens video installation (Part I, Part II, Part III) Shot on 16 mm film - Format 16:9

Lighthouse in the Sea of Time, 2011, 6 screens video installation (Part I, Part II, Part III)
Shot on 16 mm film – Format 16:9

The Charles H. Scott gallery, in its fifth in a series of exhibitions on the theme of the sea, presents installations and videos exploring maritime traffic and colonial legacies across the Mediterranean Sea.

The show is the only solo exhibition in the series, and features the work of London-based artist Zineb Sedira. Born in France to Algerian parents, Sedira explores the space of the sea by bringing to light, through interviews and archival documents, the ways in which the histories of Algeria and France have met each other from opposite sides of the Mediterranean.

Transmettre en abyme, 2012 Two screens video installation

Transmettre en abyme, 2012 Two screens video installation

The Mediterranean became an important subject in Sedira’s art from 2003/04, following her return to Algeria after 15 years of absence caused by the Algerian civil war. This trip led to a new body of work on Algeria and the colonial legacies, mobility and symbolism of the Mediterranean, as a space dividing North and South, Europe and Africa.

In Lighthouse in the Sea of Time, Sedira focusses on lighthouses on the Algerian coastline. Sedira explores the symbolism, aesthetic features and history of these solitary structures, even featuring interviews with contemporary lighthouse keepers, giving us a glimpse of what happens in these towers between sea and land.

 

In Transmettre en abyme [Abyss Transmission], the artist investigates an archive containing thousands of photos documenting the ships arriving and leaving the port of Marseille, as taken by the ‘ship spotter’ Marcel Baudelaire.

In this exhibition, the artist curiously chooses to investigate these maritime themes through the question of measure: photographs, ships, lighthouse steps are exhaustively counted, ordered and recounted. Sedira plays with these methods as a way to point towards the labour involved in forming and preserving cultural memories.

Transmettre en abyme, 2012 Two screens video installation

Transmettre en abyme, 2012
Two screens video installation

The exhibition is on until April 21, 2013. For more information on the exhibition series on the Sea click here, and for more works by Sedira, check out her personal site.

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