Zineb Sedira Takes an Environmental Stance Through Art

May 20, 2015 at 9:08 am  •  Posted in CONTACT Festival, Exhibitions, News & Events by

French Algerian artist Zineb Sedira captures a hauntingly beautiful vessel in his public installation: The Death of a Journey V (2008), drawing attention to the politics of migration against the backdrop of Toronto’s serene lakefront.

Zineb Sedira, From the Shipwrecks series: the Death of a Journey V, 2008 Courtesy the artist and galerie kamel mennour, Paris

Zineb Sedira, From the Shipwrecks series: the Death of a Journey V, 2008
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris

Sedira’s image shows the illegal practice of discarding vessels without first dismantling them, causing ecological damage conflicting with local inhabitants’ economic benefit. The piece is intended to serve as a “a visual vehicle that will ferry the audience across the choppy waters of memory, images, and politics to an undeterminable, obscure, and un-chartable destination, where people often meet with a fatal end” (The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery).

The Death of a Journey V (2008) by Zineb Sedira runs through September 7 at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto. Please visit www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com for more information.