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Zineb Sedira, Don’t do to her what you did to me, 1998–2001, video, color, sound, 8 minutes.

Zineb Sedira, Don’t do to her what you did to me, 1998–2001, video, color, sound, 8 minutes.

Zineb Sedira

Jeu de Paume

Zineb Sedira’s film mise-en-scène, 2019, opens with a text reading, “In June 2018, after a visit to the Cinémathèque of Algiers archive, I decided to browse in bric-à-brac shops. . . . I discovered two canisters containing fragments of worn 60s, 70’s and 80’s films. The vendor told me the canisters came from a retired projectionist . . . so I pieced the footage together to create my own film.” The result is roughly nine minutes of enigmatic footage, spliced together and colorfully tinted, that ranges from scenes of daily life in Algeria to abstract rhythmic patterns produced by the decay of the stock.

The film’s preface could be read as a tidy methodological summation of Sedira’s complex and wide-ranging practice, which fuses lyrical and poetic documentary with the interrogation of official historical narratives and archives. mise-en-scène also functioned as part of a major new multimedia

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