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Autobiographical Patterns

Zineb Sedira

Autobiographical Patterns refers to the practice, common to many countries from the Maghreb, of henna-drawn hand designs. The video shows Zineb writing an autobiographical text in French onto her own hand, until the repeated overlays of words come to resemble a mysterious, intricate, Arabesque pattern. The process of writing functions as a mark of identity, a determination to write her own subjective experience into representational narratives, to inscribe her own fiction of identity.  
Country: Algeria
Time: 5'
Year: 1996