Zineb Sedira’s Dreams Have No Titles marks the international debut of the artist’s project for the French Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale, which is being shown at Hamburger Bahnhof for the first time in Germany. Mixing film, sculpture, photography, and performance, the French-Algerian artist weaves together parts of her own biography with the history of cinemato-graphic co-productions and activist films within the context of France, Algeria and Italy.
Sedira (born 1963) has conceived the exhibition space as a movie set where the decors of several films provide the backdrop of a live shoot in which fiction and documentary, the personal and the collective come together. In Dreams Have No Titles the artist not only deals with an important turning point in the history of avant-garde film production. She also presents us with a cautionary tale about the failure of an emancipatory dream that for many people remains an unfulfilled promise.