October 5- December 14, 2013
For her first solo presentation in the United States, Zineb Sedira presents Lighthouse in the Sea of Time, a series of video installations and photographs documenting the artist’s journeys to two lighthouses in Algeria: Cap Caxine just outside the capital city of Algiers and Cap Sigli in the more remote Berber region of Algeria called Kabylia. Built and maintained by France when Algeria was a colonial outpost, the buildings transferred to Algerian control following the Algerian War for Independence (1954-62). Lighthouse in the Sea of Time frames the quiet poetics of watching, guarding, and taking care that envelop the lighthouses as historical sites. Through an interview with a lighthouse keeper and careful attention to visitor logbooks and technical equipment in the lighthouse archives, Sedira demonstrates the subtle ways that monumental historical struggles continue to resonate in the present moment.
Zineb Sedira, Lighthouse in the Sea of Time is made possible, in part, by The Cecil Amelia Blaffer von Furstenberg Endowment for Exhibitions and Program, the Houston Endowment, Inc., and the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts. Additional funding comes from Jereann Chaney, Heidi and David Gerger, Ann Jackson, Marc Melcher and Lea Weingarten. Partial operating support is provided by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Jo and Jim Furr Exhibition Endowment at Blaffer Art Museum, and The George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. KUHF-FM and Saint Arnold Brewing Company provide in-kind support. Educational outreach programs are made possible by Dorothy C. Sumner, the Kristin Saleri Art Foundation, Quantum Reservoir Impact and the Kinder Morgan Foundation.
Zineb Sedira: Lighthouse in the Sea of Time is organized by Amy Powell, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum.