Zineb Sedira – "Immigration is a very important topic to me because I'm a legacy of that. Both my parents emigrated to France, in the early '60s, I came to the UK in '86."
The Lovers, 2008
Zineb Sedira – "Both kinds of migration happened by boat, so the boat became a very interesting pattern and subject in my work."
The Death of a Journey III, 2008
Zineb Sedira – "When you come from Algeria, even I would say from Morocco and Tunisia, [migration] is a very, not normal, but it's a topic that a lot of people talk about, when you go to Algeria. So many people come and tell you, oh, you know, we would love to go and live there [in France] you're so lucky. It's very much part of my life."
Transitional Landscape, 2006
Zineb Sedira – "I've made works that look at languages, transmission, immigration, and displacement, and all that through film, video and photography.
I did a very touching piece [Mother Tongue, 2002] where three women -- so three different generations, three different countries, three languages -- are talking to each other in their own mother tongue."
Mother, Daughter and I, 2003
Zineb Sedira – "I think my work is very relevant to what's happening at the moment. Although it's work that touches on my parents' emigration, which was a long, long time ago, it's funny how things come back. Now, when I hear what's happening with Syria, what's happening in the "Jungle" for example in Calais, it really throws me back to my parents' personal history of emigrating to France. And my own one perhaps, to England."
Floating Coffins, 2009
Zineb Sedira – "A person that comes into my video space, who looks at the work, can take it where they want. Hopefully they will take the main message but they can also bring their own personal history. Everyone has a history of movement from one country to the other in our days, so someone will connect about a different language, a different place."
Shattered Carcasses, 2008
Zineb Sedira – "Hopefully I'm making people aware of the complexity, the richness, the negative aspect of it. I'm making them think about and discuss it if they want to."
The Death of a Journey II, 2008