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Silent Sight

Zineb Sedira
2001
12 mins Colour Sound 16mm & video

Silent Sight

In Silent Sight, Sidera remembers returning to Algeria as a child and the confusion she experienced when her mother donned the haik or veil. 'I remember,' she says in voice-over, 'as soon as we arrived, she would get it out, change into it, become it.' The 'it' is not named but signified by the tight framing of the artist's eyes, edged by two bands of white, mimicking the effect of a veiled face. Discordant music intensifies the alienation the daughter recalls. The eyes look left as if seeking someone. 'The anxiety of confusing her with others would be lifted with a glance from her.'
Cherry Smyth, Zineb Sedira Luxonline Profile, 2008.

Sound artist: Edith Marie Pasquier
Funded by Westminster Arts Council and Artsadmin, London

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