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at home: Artists in Conversation | Zineb Sedira and Alberta Whittle
Artists Zineb Sedira and Alberta Whittle in conversation with Courtney J. Martin, Paul Mellon Director, Yale Center for British Art

This program is presented through the generosity of the Terry F. Green 1969 Fund for British Art and Culture.

Dec 2, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Zineb Sedira, artist
Sedira was born in Paris to Algerian parents who moved to France shortly after the Algerian War (1954-1962). She relocated to London in 1986. Her practice is rooted in her combined French, Algerian, and British backgrounds and she draws on her experiences to examine how culture is transmitted or lost through the movement of people. Sedira uses film, installation, photography, and video to explore displacement, especially regarding the experiences of women. In 2011, she founded aria (Artist Residency in Algeria), a program to support the development of contemporary art and foster cross-cultural exchanges and collaborations. Sedira's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world and is in major collections worldwide. Sedira represented France at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. She divides her time between London, Paris, and Algiers.
Alberta Whittle, artist
Born in Barbados, Whittle is a Barbadian-Scottish artist who moved to Birmingham, England, as a teenager, and later to Scotland. Her creative practice is motivated by her interest in using self-compassion and collective care as key methods in battling anti-Blackness. She choreographs interactive installations, using film, sculpture, and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces. Her work questions how history and society are constructed in the Western world and her practice takes on the legacies of colonialism and slavery. Her work is also concerned with environmental issues and climate change. Whittle has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the world and her work is held in private collections and by the UK Government Art Collections, the Scottish National Gallery, and Glasgow Museums, to name a few. She is the recipient of numerous awards. She represented Scotland at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. She lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.