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“Zineb Sedira: Dreams Have No Titles” on View Through May 12, 2024, at Whitechapel Gallery

Installation and performance view of Zineb Sedira’s “Dreams Have No Titles” at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2024. Photo by Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock

Whitechapel Gallery presents “Zineb Sedira: Dreams Have No Titles” through May 12. Zineb Sedira (b. 1963) presented the same exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2022, representing the French Pavilion, and was awarded the Special Prize. 

“Dreams Have No Title” transforms the gallery space into sets from the 1960s and 1970s Avant-Garde movies and the artist’s living room. The exhibition begins with a reconstruction of the set of Ettore Scola’s film ‘Le Bal (1983),’ and in the set a pair of tango dancers appear from time to time, performing for an imaginary camera and the viewer.

The exhibition room is followed by other rooms with movie sets from Gillo Pontecorvo’s ‘Battle of Algiers (1966)’ and Luchino Visconti’s ‘L’Etranger (1967).’ The exhibition ends with a representation of Sedira’s living room with posters of the films mentioned in the exhibition.

The exhibition blurs the lines between fiction and reality, emphasizing the collective experience of cinema and performance, while at the same time warning that the dreams and promises of avant-garde cinema for communal solidarity, freedom, and liberation have not yet been realized. Whitechapel Gallery director Gilane Tawadros curated with Hannah Woods.

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