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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, Sidon, Lebanon

 

Akram Zaatari has developed an interdisciplinary practice that combines the roles of image-maker, archivist, curator, and critical theorist. He is concerned with notions of desire, resistance, memory, surveillance, and –in particular– with the production and circulation of images during wartime. Delving in photography, film, video, installation, and performance, he has built a complex body of work that explores self-documentation and the current state of image making. Zaatari is especially interested in the Lebanese postwar condition, particularly the televised mediation of territorial conflicts and wars, and the logic of religious and national resistance. Through the appropriation and exhibition of documents and image archives, he invites us to rethink what it means to witness, survive or document a war. Some of his works are based on his own collection and study of middle-eastern photographic history: archival images that comprise a valuable record of social relations, representations of male sexuality, and photographic practices of the region. In addition to his own archival work, Akram Zaatari is a founding member of the Arab Image Foundation, which aims to collect, study and disseminate the photographic heritage of Middle East, North Africa, and the Arab diaspora.

 

Zaatari earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1989 from the American University of Beirut and a Master of Arts in Media Studies from the New School in New York in 1995. In 1997 he was one of the organizers of the now extinct Ayloul Festival an initiative to produce and sponsor theatre, dance, installation, and video works by young Lebanese and international artists. In 2011, he was the 4th laureate of the Yanghyun Prize and in 2004 he received the Grand Prize from the Associação Cultural Videobrasil; He was also awarded Best Documentary and Best Director at the 2nd edition of the Beirut International Film Festival.

 

Recently, some of his solo exhibitions have included: Akram Zaatari: Against Photography. Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation. Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Spain (2017); Double Take: Akram Zaatari and the Arab Image Foundation, National Portrait Gallery, London (2017); Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, Galpão VB | Associação Cultural Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); This Day at Ten, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (2016); The Archaeology of Rumour, British School at Rome BSR (2016); Unfolding, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2015); Akram Zaatari: The End of Time, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2014); Projects 100: Akram Zaatari, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (2013); Aujourd'hui à 10 ans / This Day at Ten, MAGASIN - Centre National d'Arts et de Cultures, Grenoble, France (2013); Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, United States (2012); Akram Zaatari: El molesto asunto, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo MUAC, Mexico City (2012) and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain (2011), among others.

 

His work has also been part of group exhibitions such as: Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbours, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma (2017); In Rebellion. Female Narratives In The Arab World, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, IVAM, Valencia, Spain (2017); Question the Wall Itself, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, United States (2015); Quand fondra la Neige où ira le Blanc? 
Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2015); Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York (2014); fALSEfAKES, Centre de la photographie Genève, Switzerland (2013); This is a special blackout edition! KADIST, Paris (2012); Play 03, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2010); Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin (2009); Les inquiets, Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008), among others.

 

Akram Zaatari has also participated in the following biennials: 14. İstanbul Bienali, Turkey (2015); Yokohama Triennale 2014, Japan; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2013); Lebanese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial (2013); SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, South Korea (2012); Lebanese Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007); 15th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006); 6th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2006); 27a Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2006), among others.

 

Akram Zaatari lives and works in Beirut.