At a time when borders are fiercely contested and have to be defended, and at the same time belonging to only one nation is no longer the rule, the joint project of Latifa Echakhch and Zineb Sedira could not be more topical. For a long time, the two artists have been linked by a close friendship and thus also by a great interest in each other's artistic work.
In 2022, both have been invited to the Venice Biennale to represent their respective national pavilions: Latifa Echakhch in the Swiss Pavilion, Zineb Sedira in the French Pavilion. Although the exhibition at Kunsthaus Baselland is the first project of this kind by the artists, it is more than consistent within their oeuvre: an invitation to the respective other to enter into a dialogue, an artistic conversation with their own work, to preserve its independence and at the same time to link it into an unmistakable narrative. Likewise, it is an open, tender invitation to the visitors to engage in a dense parcours of personal and collective memories, to settle down, to marvel, and to remember together - the presence and also absence of people, film sequences, songs, texts, smells, images.
The exhibition resembles two overlapping memories of past moments of the two artists, which make a collective remembering possible. One almost gets the impression of moving through a film set oneself - a journey through spaces and times, stopped in a moment and opened to pass through. In this way, Latifa Echakhch and Zineb Sedira enable a multi-layered space of experience that is able to sensitize our perception to fundamental themes of identity and belonging as well as individual and collective memory.
Curator: Ines Goldbach
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