Akram Zaatari

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Akram Zaatari (born in 1966 Sidon, Lebanon) is a filmmaker, photographer, archival artist and curator. In 1997, he co-founded the Arab Image Foundation with photographers Fouad Elkoury, Walid Raad, and Samer Moadad. His work is largely based on collecting, studying and archiving the photographic history of the Arab World.[1] Akram Zaatari has been selected to represent Lebanon at the 2013 Venice Biennale by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, curators for the Lebanese Pavilion.[2]

Work[edit]

Akram Zaatari has been exploring issues pertinent to post-war Lebanon. He investigates the way television mediates territorial conflicts and wars, and is particularly interested in logic of religious and national resistance movements, and the circulation and production of images in the context of today's geographic division in the Middle East.[3] His work has been widely exhibited worldwide in biennales and venues such as the Centre Pompidou [4] and is in the permanent collection of museums such as the Tate Modern [5] and the Thyssen Bornemisza Contemporary.[6]

Filmography[edit]

  • Majnounak (Crazy of You), 1997[7]
  • Red Chewing Gum, 2000[8]
  • Her + Him VAN LEO, 2001[9]
  • How I love you, 2001[10]
  • This Day (al yaoum), 2003[11]
  • In this house, 2005[12]

Awards[edit]

  • Grand Prize of the 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil in São Paulo (2011)

Publications[edit]

  • The Vehicle. Picturing moments of transition in a modernizing society (Arab Image Foundation and Mind the Gap, 1999)
  • Mapping Sitting (Arab Image Foundation and Mind the Gap, 2002)
  • Hashem el Madani: Studio Practices (Arab Image Foundation, Mind the Gap and the Photographers' Gallery, 2004)
  • Hashem el Madani: Promenades (Arab Image Foundation and Mind the Gap, 2007)
  • Earth of Endless Secrets (Portikus and Beirut Art Center, 2010)

Selected Exhibitions[edit]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Akram Zaatari. Objects of Study, Galerie Sfeir Semler, Hamburg, 2007[13]
  • Earth of Endless Secrets. Writing for a Posterior Time, Beirut Art Center, 2009 [14]
  • Akram Zaatari. Nature Morte, Baltic Mill, 2009[15]
  • Akram Zaatari Composition for Two Wings, Oslo, Kunstnernes Hus, 2011[16]
  • Liverpool Biennial Spotlight Akram Zaatari, Liverpool Biennial, 2012[17]
  • This Day at Ten, Le Magasin-Cnac, Grenoble, 2012[18]
  • Akram Zaatari, Letter to a refusing pilot, Lebanese Pavilion, Arsenale, 55. Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy, 2013
  • Akram Zaarari, All Is Well, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queens University, Kingston, ON, 2013-2014[19]

Group Exhibitions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Galerie Sfeir Semler". Galerie Sfeir Semler. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Akram Zaatari represents Lebanon at Venice.". Biennial Foundation. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Le Journal des Laboratoires: Akram Zaatari". Les Laboratoires. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Centre Pompidou – Akram Zaatari". Centre Pompidou. 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "tate Collection – Akram Zaatari". Tate Modern. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary". Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Majnounak (Crazy of You) Akram Zaatari". Video Data Bank. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Red Chewing Gum Akram Zaatari". Video Data Bank. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Her + Him VAN LEO Akram Zaatari". Video Data Bank. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "How I love you Akram Zaatari". Video Data Bank. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "This Day (al yaoum) Akram Zaatari". Video Data Bank. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "In this house Akram Zaatari". Video Data Bank. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Akram Zaatari". http://artnews.org/sfeirsemler/?exi=5117&Sfeir_Semler&Akram_Zaatari. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Earth of Endless Secrets. Writing for a Posterior Time". Beirut Art Center. 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Akram Zaatari < detail < exhibitions < What's on < Baltic". Baltic Mill. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Oslo Contemporary Art Exhibition 2011: Akram Zaatari. Composition for Two Wings". e-flux. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "Liverpool Biennial 2012 spotlight on Akram Zaatari". Liverpool Biennial. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "" Aujourd'hui à 10 ans / This day at ten " exposition de Akram Zaatari au MAGASIN". Isere Culture. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.aeac.ca/exhibitions/upcoming/akram.html
  20. ^ "dOCUMENTA (13)". Documenta. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 

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