Zineb Sedira, ‘Dreams Have No Titles’, 59th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia 2022. Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris and Goodman Gallery. Photo © Thierry Bal and © Zineb Sedira.

You are warmly invited to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition by Zineb Sedira on Thursday 22 September.


6.30pm – Doors – Complimentary fizz served on arrival from 6.30pm

7.15pm – Speeches

Our bar will be open until 8.30pm

Everyone is welcome!



Public Opening: Saturday 24 September 2022 – Sunday 8 January 2023

Ground and First floor galleries

Spanning both of the De La Warr Pavilion’s galleries, this major solo exhibition by Zineb Sedira will be her first in a UK public gallery for 12 years and follows her acclaimed exhibition, Dreams Have No Titles for the French Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale.

Conceived in collaboration with Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), where the exhibition will be presented in spring 2023, Can’t You See the Sea Changingfocuses on Sedira’s ongoing investigation into the conditions of transnational trade, identity and migrant consciousness in a post-colonial context, within which the sea is a recurring motif. Beginning from the artist’s fascination with the sea as an enigmatic yet geopolitically charged space, as well as the coastal contexts of the De La Warr Pavilion and DCA, the exhibition spans a period from 2008 to the present day and brings together photography, installation, film and archival material.

Sedira draws upon her personal history and close connection to Algeria, France and the UK to explore ideas of identity, gender, environment and collective memory. Throughout her career, she has become a leading voice in addressing the question of what it means to live between different cultures, often bringing together autobiographical narration, fiction and documentary genres. Through these varying approaches to storytelling, Sedira interrogates what she refers to as ‘spaces where mobility expires’, or the (in)ability of individuals to depart, return, escape, or exist in transit between certain lands and identities. Whilst her narratives are embedded with histories of migration and exile, particularly in relation to her home countries of Algeria and France, Sedira considers what it means to be transported through visionary acts of imagination, acts that carry us to different places through the merging of past and present time frames.

The exhibition is a collaboration between De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, and Dundee Contemporary Arts.

This exhibition is kindly supported by: