Graduation Year

2016

Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

French Studies

Reader 1

Nathalie Rachlin

Reader 2

Dalton Krauss

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Abstract

This thesis examines the element of translation of language and cultural memory in the work of contemporary artist Zineb Sedira, whose documentary-style video and photography installations are informed by her complex identity and geographical history, as the French-born daughter of Algerian immigrants who is now based in London. This project analyzes two of her early works, Mother Tongue and Mother, Father and I, to show how the role of translation and mediation in the transmission of memory and the representation of marginalized histories can be used to challenge a unidimensional, reductionist conception of identity rooted in geographic singularity. Through the translation of the “irrepresentable” nature of uprooted identities, Sedira's work questions such assumptions that influence our relation to space, origin, and history, undermining a mentality of exclusion that that contributes to the marginalization of migrant identities.

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