Akram Zaatari
Lebanese, born 1966
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Sfeir-Semler at Art Basel 2016,
Sfeir-Semler at Frieze London 2016,
Sfeir-Semler at Frieze London 2015,

“My work has always been a constant displacement between documentation, film, photography, and gesture,” says Akram Zaatari. In his diverse practice, Zaatari reflects on image production and circulation, as in his video In This House (2005), a mediation on the search for a buried letter; he has also co-founded the Arab Image Foundation to collect, preserve, and research the photographic history of the Middle East. Unlike traditional archivists, Zaatari strives to preserve emotions and intangible ties as a “means of resisting death.” For instance, Time Capsule (2012)—a project commissioned for dOCUMENTA(13) involving an abstract video and a physical time capsule buried somewhere in Kassel, Germany—stands “against speculation on photographic archives and extends archive-related practices into making objects, film, architecture, and painting,” as he describes. Other works, such as the …

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