Akram Zaatari | the artist

The artist Akram Zaatari
Born 1966, Saida, Lebanon.
Lives and works in Beirut, .

Style and technique of the artist: Video, Gwangju Biennale,

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Recto-verso photographs of political prisoners against kitschy, flowered backdrops captured from the originals; photographs of letters written and decorated by a certain Nabih Awada (a.k.a Neruda, an ex-communist party resistance fighter who spent ten years in Israel’s Askalan Prison); photographs of both a private collection of cassette tapes and bombings on the hills of Saida, Lebanon in the 1980s – this is the intimate material that makes up Akram Zaatari’s solo exhibition ‘Earth of Endless Secrets: Writing for a Posterior Time’, currently split between the Beirut Art Center and Sfeir-Semler Gallery…

Beyond Truth and Fiction: the Works of Akram Zaatari and Mohamad Soueid

Akram Zaatari, an artist whose work is shown around the world, is a poet of the video documentary. I visit him at the Arab Image Foundation, where he and his colleagues collect huge archives of photography documenting the Arab world entering modernity over the past century. His own stunning 90 minute documentary, ‘This Day’ (2004), took him three years to finish. It presents, in a delicate montage of still and moving images from Beirut, Amman, Damascus and the Syrian desert, a history of old photographs capturing the stereotypes of desert life (with the inimitable image of his own attempt to hold a microphone under the nose of a camel, in order to record its language) through the sounds and pictures and diaries he kept during the war, up til the Palestinian propaganda songs and scenes of empty city streets in Beirut today…