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untitled, 2007

metheb el maasheh, a rwelah bedouin from the raja tribe (2001)

color print

35.8 x 55.9 inches

learning photography, 2007

an explosion due to an israeli air raid on the awali bridge. saida, june 6, 1982

color print

28.8 x 43.3 inches

the desert panorama, 2002-2006

inkjet print

50 x 196.9 inches, and 31.9 x 119.7 inches

the desert panorama, 2007

16 negative sheets, 33 contact prints, a tray of negatives, contact prints, with white cotton gloves on light table

35.8 x 44.09 inches

saida, june 6, 1982, 2006

color print

36.22 x 74.8 inches

ali's back, 2011

color print

70.9 x 86.6 inches

another resolution, 1998

a photograph showing maha shaasha'a in 1968, taken by daad saasha'a

color print

8 x 10 inches

another resolution, 1998

may kassem, 1998

color print

70.9 x 56.7 inches

another resolution, 1998

a photograph of ghassan salhab, dakar, 1958

color print

8 x 10 inches

another resolution, 1998

ghassan salhab

color print

70.9 x 56.7 inches

bodybuilders, 2011

printed from a damaged negative showing from left to right: hassan al aakkad, munir el dada, and mahmoud el dimassy in saida, 1948

inkjet print

70.9 x 57.1 inches

bodybuilders, 2011

printed from a damaged negative showing munir el dada in saida, 1948

inkjet print

70.9 x 57.1 inches

her + him van leo, (detail), 2001-2012

HD video in black and white and color with sound, vitrine with 12 images

31:00 minutes

her + him van leo, 2001-2012

HD video in black and white and color with sound, vitrine with 12 images

31:00 minutes

installation view of akram zaatari the end of time at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2013

her + him van leo, (detail), 2001-2012

installation view of akram zaatari the end of time at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2013

time capsule, 2012

installation view at documenta 13, kassel, germany, 2012

time capsule, 2012

installation view at documenta 13, kassel, germany, 2012

time capsule, 2013

rod and white flourescent paint

installation 236.22 x 236.22 inches

installation view of akram zaatari the end of time at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2013

the end of time, 2012

16mm black and white film, silent

13:00 minutes

installation view of akram zaatari the end of time at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2013

the end of time, 2012

16 mm black and white film, silent

13:00 minutes

installation view at documenta 13, kassel, germany, 2012

the end of love, 2013

set of 150 color prints

5.12 x 7.09 each

the end of love, 2013

detail

on photography, people and modern times, 2012

2 channel HD video projection

42:00 minutes

on photography, people and modern times, 2012

2 channel HD video projection

42:00 minutes

installation view at museum of modern art, new york, united states, 2013

neruda's letters, 2007

nabih awada's letters from askalan

color print

35.8 x 29.1 inches

letter for a time of peace, 2007

b-10 mortar case in which former member of lebanese resistance ali hashisho buried a letter in 1991

color print

49.6 x 61.4 inches

march fourteen, 2007

color print

19.3 x 15.7 inches each

tomorrow everything will be alright, 2010

single channel video, color, sound

11:48 minutes

tomorrow everything will be alright, 2010

single channel video, color, sound

11:48 minutes

installation view of composition for two wings at kunsternes hus, oslo, norway, 2011

letter to samir, 2007

letter from nabih awada to samir al-quintar, wrapped eight times in plastic, sealed and intended as a time capsule

color print

49.6 x 61.4 inches

untitled, 2007

akram zaatari's photo albums, envelopes, and negatives from the early 80s

color print

61.4 x 44.09 inches

letter to a refusing pilot, 2013

HD video

34:00 minutes

letter to a refusing pilot, 2013

installation view of akram zaatari the end of time at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2013

damaged negatives: stratched portrait of mrs. baqari, from the series "photographic phenomena," 2012

inkjet print on silver rag paper, printed from 35 mm scratched negative from the hashem el madani archive

70.9 x 47.2 inches

image

untitled, 2007

metheb el maasheh, a rwelah bedouin from the raja tribe (2001)

color print

35.8 x 55.9 inches

image

learning photography, 2007

an explosion due to an israeli air raid on the awali bridge. saida, june 6, 1982

color print

28.8 x 43.3 inches

image

the desert panorama, 2002-2006

inkjet print

50 x 196.9 inches, and 31.9 x 119.7 inches

image

the desert panorama, 2007

16 negative sheets, 33 contact prints, a tray of negatives, contact prints, with white cotton gloves on light table

35.8 x 44.09 inches

image

saida, june 6, 1982, 2006

color print

36.22 x 74.8 inches

image

ali's back, 2011

color print

70.9 x 86.6 inches

image

another resolution, 1998

a photograph showing maha shaasha'a in 1968, taken by daad saasha'a

color print

8 x 10 inches

image

another resolution, 1998

may kassem, 1998

color print

70.9 x 56.7 inches

image

another resolution, 1998

a photograph of ghassan salhab, dakar, 1958

color print

8 x 10 inches

image

another resolution, 1998

ghassan salhab

color print

70.9 x 56.7 inches

image

bodybuilders, 2011

printed from a damaged negative showing from left to right: hassan al aakkad, munir el dada, and mahmoud el dimassy in saida, 1948

inkjet print

70.9 x 57.1 inches

image

bodybuilders, 2011

printed from a damaged negative showing munir el dada in saida, 1948

inkjet print

70.9 x 57.1 inches

image

her + him van leo, (detail), 2001-2012

HD video in black and white and color with sound, vitrine with 12 images

31:00 minutes

image

her + him van leo, 2001-2012

HD video in black and white and color with sound, vitrine with 12 images

31:00 minutes

installation view of akram zaatari the end of time at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2013

image

her + him van leo, (detail), 2001-2012

installation view of akram zaatari the end of time at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2013

image

time capsule, 2012

installation view at documenta 13, kassel, germany, 2012

image

time capsule, 2012

installation view at documenta 13, kassel, germany, 2012

image

time capsule, 2013

rod and white flourescent paint

installation 236.22 x 236.22 inches

installation view of akram zaatari the end of time at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2013

image

the end of time, 2012

16mm black and white film, silent

13:00 minutes

installation view of akram zaatari the end of time at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2013

image

the end of time, 2012

16 mm black and white film, silent

13:00 minutes

installation view at documenta 13, kassel, germany, 2012

image

the end of love, 2013

set of 150 color prints

5.12 x 7.09 each

image

the end of love, 2013

detail

image

on photography, people and modern times, 2012

2 channel HD video projection

42:00 minutes

image

on photography, people and modern times, 2012

2 channel HD video projection

42:00 minutes

installation view at museum of modern art, new york, united states, 2013

image

neruda's letters, 2007

nabih awada's letters from askalan

color print

35.8 x 29.1 inches

image

letter for a time of peace, 2007

b-10 mortar case in which former member of lebanese resistance ali hashisho buried a letter in 1991

color print

49.6 x 61.4 inches

image

march fourteen, 2007

color print

19.3 x 15.7 inches each

image

tomorrow everything will be alright, 2010

single channel video, color, sound

11:48 minutes

image

tomorrow everything will be alright, 2010

single channel video, color, sound

11:48 minutes

installation view of composition for two wings at kunsternes hus, oslo, norway, 2011

image

letter to samir, 2007

letter from nabih awada to samir al-quintar, wrapped eight times in plastic, sealed and intended as a time capsule

color print

49.6 x 61.4 inches

image

untitled, 2007

akram zaatari's photo albums, envelopes, and negatives from the early 80s

color print

61.4 x 44.09 inches

image

letter to a refusing pilot, 2013

HD video

34:00 minutes

image

letter to a refusing pilot, 2013

installation view of akram zaatari the end of time at kurimanzutto, mexico city, 2013

image

damaged negatives: stratched portrait of mrs. baqari, from the series "photographic phenomena," 2012

inkjet print on silver rag paper, printed from 35 mm scratched negative from the hashem el madani archive

70.9 x 47.2 inches

akram zaatari
* 1966, Lebanon

 

Akram Zaatari works with archives of images and documents to examine notions of desire, resistance, memory, and surveillance, as well as the production and circulation of images in times of war and the shifting of political boundaries. Working in photography, film, video, installation, and performance, he has built a complex body of work that explores the state of image-making today. Zaatari is especially interested in issues pertinent to the Lebanese postwar condition: particularly the televised mediation of territorial conflicts and wars, as well as the logic of religious and national resistance. In series such as Crazy of You (1997), and The End of Time (2013), Zaatari explores representations of male sexuality in the Middle East. Recent works are based on his collection and study of the Middle East’s photographic history, archiving images that comprise a valuable record of social relations and photographic practices of the region. In addition to Zaatari’s more recent archive work, he was one of the founding members of the Arab Image Foundation (1997) and of the Lebanese Association for Contemporary Art, which aims to track down and preserve photos from North Africa, the Middle East, and Arab communities around the world.

 

Zaatari earned his Bachelor of Architecture in 1989 from the American University of Beirut and his Master of Arts in Media Studies from the New School University, New York in 1995. In 1997 he was the organizer of the former ayloul Festival. He has been awarded with the Yanghyum Prize, Seoul (2011); First Prize at the FAIR PLAY Video Art Festival Berlin for “Red Chewing Gum” (2005); Grand Prize, Videobrasil, for “Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright,” Brazil (2004); Best Documentary and Best Director at the Beirut Film Festival for “Crazy of You” (1998), among others.

 

His most important exhibitions include; Akram Zaatari, Unfolding, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2015); Akram Zaatari: The End of Time, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2014); Lebanon Pavilion, at the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013); Projects 100: Akram Zaatari, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (2013); This Day at Ten / Aujourd'hui à 10, Magasin Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France (2013); Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, United States (2012); The Uneasy Subject, MUAC, Mexico (2012); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (2011). Moreover, he has exhibited his work in group exhibitions at various institutions including: The New Museum, New York, United States (2014); The Centre de la Photographie, Geneva Switzerland (2013); The Kadist Foundation, Paris, France (2012); Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Netherlands (2010); Kunstverein München (2009); La CaixaForum, Barcelona (2006); Portikus Frankfurt, Germany (2004); De Appel Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2002).

 

Furthermore, his work has been part of biennials such as the 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Turkey (2015); The Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan (2014); The 55th and 52th Biennale di Venezia, Venice Italy (2013 and 2007); 27th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil (2006); the 6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2006) and the 15th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (2006).

 

Akraam Zaatari is a video artist and curator who currently lives and works in Beirut.