Highlights from Algerian artist Zineb Sedira’s solo exhibition in Paris

‘A Brief Moment’ is at Jeu de Paume in Paris and is showing until Jan. 19. (Zineb Sedira)
Updated 25 October 2019

Highlights from Algerian artist Zineb Sedira’s solo exhibition in Paris

Here are some highlights from the French-born Algerian artist Zineb Sedira’s solo exhibition ‘A Brief Moment,’ at Jeu de Paume in Paris showing until Jan. 19.

‘The End of The Road’ (2010)

Sedira’s exhibition spans 21 years of the artist’s career and includes video, film, installation and photography. Its title comes from Sedira’s focus on the consciousness of time and on “recording histories.” This piece, depicting a broken car, is a video diptych over which the artist’s voiceover describes the “feeling of disorder” these abandoned vehicles stir up.

‘Lighthouse in the Sea of Time’ (2011)

This installation highlights Sedira’s interest in identity and displacement — and maritime voyages. Pictured here is “Part II” of the piece; an interview with Krimo, keeper of the Cape Sigli lighthouse in Algeria, in which he discusses his apprenticeship, daily life, and the place’s history.

‘Way of Life’ (2019)


The third of four ‘scenes’ in a new installation created specifically for the show — “Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go.” The work is a reflection on the role that Algeria — following independence in 1962 — played in “the liberation movements of countries in Africa,” and includes scenes that could have been lifted directly from “the utopian era of the 1960s.”  


Everything you need to know about Saudi designer Tima Abid’s Paris Haute Couture debut

Tima Abid Spring 2020 Couture. (Instagram)
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Everything you need to know about Saudi designer Tima Abid’s Paris Haute Couture debut

  • Saudi couturiere Tima Abid presented her first-ever collection during Paris Haute Couture Week
  • The collection boasted a lineup of show-stopping couture gowns mostly dreamed up at the designer’s Jeddah atelier

DUBAI: On Jan. 23, Saudi couturiere Tima Abid presented her first-ever collection during Paris Haute Couture Week. The Jeddah-born designer, who founded her eponymous womenswear label 16-years-ago, debuted her glamorous Spring 2020 couture offering during a candle-lit dinner held at Paris’ the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V, in the presence of her private clients, which included the royal family and Syrian singer Assala Nasri.

The show was set against the soundtrack of Tunisian singer Omayma Taleb’s soothing vocals, who serenaded guests for the first few looks of the 50-piece offering, which was a year in the making.

The indelible collection boasted a lineup of show-stopping couture gowns mostly dreamed up at the designer’s Jeddah atelier.

Featuring luxe fabrics such as crepe and tulle, embellished with gold and silver embroidery, beads, molded sequins and plumes, Abid’s range of body-hugging eveningwear is a true testament to the ability and skills she and her petit mains are undoubtedly capable of.

Standout pieces included a metallic skirt that ropes up the shoulder like a braid, another skirt made entirely out of metallic sequins and red and blue feathers as well as a wedding dress with bejeweled silk panels. There was perfectly-executed tailoring aplenty in Abid’s Spring 2020 couture collection, as well as waist-cinching corsets and embellished bolero jackets.

Indeed, Abid may be a newcomer to the couture week schedule, but she’s already proving to be a force to be reckoned with.