Akram Zaatari produces videos, installations of photographic material and books on a range of interconnected themes, subjects and practices related to excavation, political resistance and the production and circulation of images in times of war. A co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, he has actively contributed to the discourse on photograph preservation and archival practice.

Zaatari’s work has been shown in a number of solo exhibitions, including The Script, Modern Art Oxford (2019); Photographic Currency, LaVitrine, Beirut (2019); The Script, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2018); and New Arts Exchange, Nottingham (2018); Against Photography: An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation, MMCA, Seoul (2018); K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2017); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2017); Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, Galpao VB – Associação Cultural Videobrasil, São Paulo (2016); This Day at Ten, Kunsthaus Zurich (2016); WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2014); and Le Magasin, Grenoble, France (2012). He also participated in group exhibitions at the 10th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2014); 55th Venice Biennale (2013); and dOCUMENTA (13) (2012).

Zaatari co-edited (with Mark Wasiuta) Rifat Chadirji: Architecture Index (Kaph Books, 2018).

He was awarded Yanghyun Prize, Seoul (2011); Grand Jury Prize. Festival ‘Filmer a tout prix’, Brussels (2015); Special Jury Award, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Korea (2015); Grand Prize, New Horizons, Films on Art competition, Wroclaw, Poland (2015); Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative film, Ann Arbor Film Festival (2013); and No Violence Award, Ann Arbor Film (2013).

Zaatari’s works are part of the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris; Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal; Tate Modern, London; and Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, among others.

Born 1966 in Saida, Lebanon, he currently lives and works in Beirut.

SAF participation:
Sharjah Biennials 14 and 10
Against Photography (2019)

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