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Zineb Sedira, Whitechapel Gallery review — ravishing recreations of film sets charm and provoke

The Franco-Algerian artist uses classic movies to evoke complex political and cross-cultural ideas.

Turn from a drab east London street into the Whitechapel Gallery and instantly Zineb Sedira makes you feel like a movie star. Dreams Have No Titles, her marvellous immersive exhibition of films, stage sets, music and dance, opens in a deco ballroom whose chic mirrored bar, disco lights, ribbon of coloured lanterns and couple sashaying to Llanos Molendo’s tango “Jalousie” recreates in every detail a scene from Ettore Scola’s 1983 film Le Bal.

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