Zineb Sedira: MiddleSea

6 August - 26 September 2009

Michael Stevenson is pleased to present MiddleSea by Zineb Sedira as part of the FOREX project series.

Sedira's MiddleSea (2008) is the second in a trilogy of films; the first, Saphir, showed at Michael Stevenson in 2007 on the exhibition Afterlife. Both offer a lyrical meditation on transition, from place to place, past to present.

Like Saphir, MiddleSea is dominated by the large expanse of sea that separates Algeria and France, countries tied to each other in the present by the legacy of the colonial past, and which together inform Sedira's heritage as the Paris-born daughter of Algerian immigrants. Where Saphir was filmed in and around the port of Algiers, MiddleSea unfolds during the ferry trip from Algiers to Marseille - a space in between destinations where the journey is everything. The camera follows a lone man as he wanders the corridors of the ship and gazes out to sea towards the horizon. As important as this spare narrative are the details over which the camera lingers - drops of water on the surface of the deck, a white vest flapping in the wind - to create a pervasive sense of longing.

Born in 1963, Zineb Sedira is based in London and works between Algiers, Paris and London. She recently had a solo show, Currents of Time, at Iniva in London; MiddleSea has also shown at the Wapping Project in London and Galerie Kamel Mennour in Paris (2008). Her work has been shown in numerous institutions and biennials including the Venice Biennale (2001); Tate Britain, London (2002); Sharjah International Art Biennial (2003 and 2007); the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2004); the Mori Museum, Tokyo (2004-2005); the Photographer's Gallery, London (2006); the Musée d'Art Moderne, Algiers (2007); and the Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille (2008).

For more information about the FOREX project series, click here.

Sedira will show alongside Wim Botha and Simon Gush.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 6 August, 6-8pm. The gallery is open for the duration of this exhibition from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 1pm and Sunday 2pm to 5pm.