Can’t You See The Sea Changing?


Before attending Polo Piatti’s concert, ‘Libero Nos’, at the De La Warr Pavilion on Sunday, November 20, I visited an interesting show on the ground and first floor exhibition space. Before describing the art, it is important to say that the multi-faith oratorio was exceptional in terms of the music and all who played very difficult pieces: The Creation, Law and Obedience, End of Time and Reconciliation & Salvation. The wonderful choir, the orchestra, soloists and year 7 pupils were so unified, it sounded like one voice embracing the audience. And proudly one of the pupils was the granddaughter of a Rye family.

The exhibition of the climate issue at the Pavilion was by Zineb Sedira and was mounted by kamel mennour. This was possible because of the collaboration by Goodman Gallery, touring partner Dundee Contemporary Arts, Arts Council England and Rother. Working across photography, installation and film, Zineb draws upon her personal history and close connection to Algeria, France and United Kingdom. She explores ideas of identity, gender, environment as well as collective memory.

It is her first UK exhibition in 12 years and focuses on her investigation into the conditions of transnational trade and migrant consciousness, also daily experiences and tragic deaths of those who have moved across surrounding seas in a past-colonial context within which the sea is a recurring motif. The exhibition spans a period from 2008 to the present day and brings together images of abandoned shipwrecks and eroded rocks, quite often invisible. Zineb wants to highlight these human narratives through her work, to reconstruct our understanding of history. The exhibition is on until January 8, 2023. For more information please go to:

Image Credits: Heidi Foster .

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