Contemporaine de Nîmes Alassan Diawara & Zineb Sedira

05.04 > 22.09.2024


with local inhabitants and families

Alassan Diawara has created a new series of photographs, for which he spent several months exploring Nîmes and its surroundings, encountering many people in the process. Through glimpses of life, the young Belgian photographer’s images explore youth, the connections between different generations in families and communities, and seek to capture a certain essence of the Gard and Camargue imaginary. His photographs are presented in dialogue with Zineb Sedira’s works on the subject of familial and cultural transmission. The artist, who represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2022, also mentored Alassan Diawara in the construction of his project. The installation on display at Carré d’Art – Contemporary Art Museum, conceived jointly by the two artists, offers new perspectives on the ways in which histories and cultures are shaped over generations.

For the duration of the triennial, some of the images created by Alassan Diawara are also presented in the public space, on the façade of the Nîmes-Centre train station.

“Partitions sédimentaires” is part of the Rencontres d’Arles 2024 program, within the framework of the Grand Arles Express, and as such is on show until September 22.


Alassan Diawara

Alassan Diawara is a Belgian artist and photographer, living and working in Paris since 2019. He discovered photography at an introductory workshop during his communication studies in Brussels. In 2012, he did his first internship with Malick Sidibé in Bamako. His penchant for research has led him to question the regime of representation and the place of categories and canonical figures within art history and pop culture. His aesthetic reflection is based on documentary images, and while he refuses to be confined to this genre, everyday subjects and objects occupy a central place in his work. He was one of the winners of the 2020 photographic commission “Regards du Grand Paris”, sponsored by the Ateliers Médicis and the Centre national des arts plastiques, which led to a multi-site exhibition and a collective publication. In 2022, during his “Transat” research residency at the Clinique FSEF in Neufmoutiers (77), he led photographic workshops with a group of patients. Since January 2023, he has benefited from a creative grant from the association “Rêve” created by the DREAM architecture agency / Dimitri Roussel, in partnership with Ateliers Médicis. Alassan Diawara was a resident in the 1st promotion of Artagon Pantin (2022-2023).


Zineb Sedira

Born in 1963, Zineb Sedira is a Franco-Algerian artist who lives and works between London and Paris. She studied graphic design in France, before continuing her training at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art in London, among others. Over the course of her career, she has had numerous solo exhibitions, notably at the Jeu de Paume (Paris), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the [mac] Musée d’art contemporain de Marseille, and the Blaffer Art Museum (Boston). In 2022, she represented France at the 59th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, “The Milk of Dreams”, with her project “Dreams Have No Titles”. As a multimedia artist, her work focuses on the expression of the intimate, the personal and the biographical, in a multicultural context. She confronts conventional Western images with Arab rituals. Zineb Sedira is represented by Galerie Mennour (Paris).

Projet présenté avec le soutien de : Fondation Picto, Mennour, SNCF Gares & Connexions

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