Zineb Sedira

Iniva at Rivington Place

Floating Coffins, 2009, the central work in “Currents of Time: New Work by Zineb Sedira,” presents footage of the rusting hulls of fishing vessels grounded off the coastline of Mauritania. The immense, fourteen-screen video installation occupied Iniva’s largest gallery, with eleven flat screens in three sizes congregating on the back wall of the darkened space and three screens placed on the side walls. Eight round speakers playing a single stereo sound track hung at varied heights overhead, inviting visitors to move about to obtain different perspectives on the imagery.

The saturated color footage, shot in HD video, paints a visually stunning but melancholy portrayal of this graveyard of ships, interspersed with shots of the seascape during sunset and of the coast’s wildlife. As the ships sit baking in the sun, most half-submerged in the murky Atlantic water, men in oil-drenched, ragged

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