Beirut Exploded Views, 2014, Video Still

Beirut Exploded Views, 2014
Video Still

Akram Zaatari is a video artist and curator who lives and works in Beirut. Author of more than 30 videos, and video installations, Zaatari has been exploring issues pertinent to Lebanese postwar condition, particularly the mediation of territorial conflicts and wars through television, and the logic of religious and national resistance such as in his documentary "All is Well on the Border" (1997), the circulation and production of images in the context of a geographical division of the Middle East, such as in his feature length “This Day” (2003) and “In This House” (2005). Zaatari has also been exploring representations of male sexuality particularly in "crazy of you" (1997), and later in "How I love you" (2001).

 

Co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation (Beirut), he based his work on collecting, studying, and archiving the photographic history of the Middle East notably studying the work of Lebanese photographer Hashem el Madani, as a register of social relationships and of photographic practices. His ongoing research was the basis for a series of exhibitions and publications such as "Hashem El Madani: Studio Practices" (with Lisa Lefeuvre) "Mapping Sitting" (collaboration with Walid Raad).

He has text contributions in scholarly journals such as Third Text, Bomb, Framework, Transition, and Parachute. He is a regular contributor, writing on video, in Zawaya.

 

 

 1966
 
 
 

born in Saida, Lebanon

lives in Beirut


Installations/ Solo Exhibitions 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014
4th International Canakkale Biennial 

 
10th Gwangju Biennale 

 
Yokohama Triennale 2014

 
Kunsr/ Geschichten - Museum der Moderne, Salzburg 

 

Here & Elsewhere - New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY 

 
A Paradise Nuilt in Hell - Kunstverin in Hamburg 

 
(Mis)Understanding - Werke und Manifeste zur Fotografie - Museum Folkwang Essen

 

 

Histories: Works From the Serralves Collection - Museu Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto
 
 
A Guest Without A Host Is A Ghost - Townhouse Gallery, Cairo 
 
A Guest Without A Host Is A Ghost - Beirut, Cairo
All About These... Ladies And Gentlemen - National gallery of Arts - Tirana
Archive State - MoCP - The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicagi, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013
John Bock, keren Cytter, Paul Pfeiffer, Gillian We
 
Akram Zaatari, Lebanese Pavillion, Arsenale, 55. Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
Projects 100: Akram Zaatari, Projects Gallery Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

 2012 - 2013
Akram Zaatari. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
This Day at Ten / Aujourd'hui à 10, Magasin Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France

 2012
Akram Zaatari. Solo exhibition at Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom
The End, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright", MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Mass., USA
The Uneasy Subject, MUAC, Mexico 

 2011
Composition for Two Wings, Kunsternes Hus, Oslo, Norway
The Uneasy Subject, Museo del Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain
This Day, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Slowenia 

 2010
Play van Abbe Part 3. The Politics of Collecting – The Collecting of Politics, Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven, Netherlands 

 2009
Earth of Endless Secrets, Kunstverein München
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut
Ludlow38, New York 

 2007
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg
ART Basel, ART Statements booth with Sfeir-Semler Gallery 

 2006

“Hashem el Madani: Pomenades and Studio Practices” La CaixaForum, Barcelona


 2005
“Mapping Sitting” , Grey Art Gallery, New York 

 2004
Portikus, Frankfurt
Photographers’ Gallery, London
Centre Pour l'Image Contemporaine, Genève
Musée Nicéphore Nièpce, Chalon-sur-Saône (France) 

 2002
SK Die Photographische Sammlung, Köln
Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels  

 2000
The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo 

 1999
Darat al Founoun, Amman 

 1998
Goethe Institute, Beirut 

 

Group Exhibitions

 

 2013
fALSEfAKES, Centre de la Photoraphie, Geneva, SwitzerlandHere, Elswhere / Ici, ailleurs, Marseille-Provence, France

 2012/13
Privat, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

 2012
"This is a special blackout edition!“, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, USA
 
 
 
 
Liverpool Biennnial, Liverpool, UK
 
Mediacity Seoul 2012, Seoul, North Corea 
Six Lines of Flight: Geographies in Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
Arab Express: The Latest Art form the Arab World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Subversion, Cornerhouse Manchester, United Kingdom

 2011
Mapping Subjectivitiy, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
"Estrella Distante", Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico
"Estrella Distante", Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
"Beirut", Kunsthalle Wien project space, Wien, Austria
Seeing is believing, KW Berlin
SESC & Videobrasil - 17th International Contemporary Art Festival, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Beirut, project space, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
“Jean Genet”, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England
12. Istanbul Biennial, Turkey
Told – Untold – Retold, Mathaf, Qatar 

 2010
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany 

 2009
“Traum und Wirklichkeit”, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
“Lisson Presents I”, Lisson Gallery, London 

 2008
T2 Torino Triennale, Turin
Éclats de frontières, FRAC Provence-Alpes_Cote d’Azur
“Les Inquiets. Cinq artistes sous la pression de la guerre“, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris  

 2007
“Oh Girl, It’s a Boy!”, Kunstverein München
52. Venice Biennial, Italy
8. Sharjah Biennial, UAE 

 2006

Sao Paulo Biennale
Gwangju Biennale, Korea
Sydney Biennale
OUT OF BEIRUT, Modern Art Oxford
A Picture of War is not War, Wilkinson Gallery, London


 2005

Leaps of Faith, Cyprus
Masculinities, NBK Berlin
Flight 405, Sfeir Semler Gallery, Beirut


 2004
CAC Ticino, Italy
SENI, Singapore art Museum
Nam June Paik Award exhibition, Dortmund 

 2003
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo - as part of "Substream"
Worlwide Video Festival, Amsterdam
Videobrasil, Sao Paulo - as part of "The Possible Narratives"
Haus der Kulturen der Werlt, Berlin - as part of "Disorientation"/curated by Jack Persekian 

 2002
Homeworks, Beirut
Die Appel, Amsterdam - "Haunted by detail" - Title of piece: "The Desert Panorama"  

 1998
Ayloul Festival, Beirut 

 

Public Collections

 

 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Tate Modern, London
Global Arts, London
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Arco Foundation, Madrid
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Kadist Foundation, Paris
TBA21, Vienna

 

Publications

 

 
"Akram Zaatari: El Molesto Asunto/The Uneasy Subject", 2010, a project co-produced by MUSAC, León and MUAC, México
"Earth of Endless Secrets", 2009, published as a postscript to the exhibition Akram Zaatari: Unfolding; and for the exhibition: Akram Zaatari: Earth of Endless Secrets, Kunstverein München, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Beirut Art Center
“Hashem el Madani: Studio Practices,” (2004 – MTG – AIF – TPG).
“Mapping Sitting,” (2002 - MTGé, Beirut) with Zeina Maasri and Karl Bacil, in collaboration with W. Raad.
“The Vehicle: Picturing Moments of Transition in a Modernizing Society,” (1999 - MTGé, Beirut)
“Portraits du Caire: Van Leo, Armand, Alban,” (1999 - Actes Sud, Paris)
“Another Resolution,” (1998 - MTGé, Beirut)  

 

Awards and Residencies

 

 2011
Video de Brazil in Videobrazil, First Prize for "Tomorrow Everything will be Alright"
Yanghun Prize, Korea 

 2010
DAAD, Berliner Künstlerprogramm 

 2008
Recollets, Paris.
Bellagio, The Rockeffeler Foundation 

 2005
FAIR PLAY Video Art Festival Berlin, 1st Price for “Red Chewing Gum” 

 2004
Prix Son – FID Marseille. For “This Day” 

 2002
Grand Award – Ismailia short & Doc Film Festival (Egypt). For “Her + Him Van Leo” 

 2001
Jury Award – VideoLisboa. For: “Red Chewing Gum” 

 1998
Grand Award – Antalya Golden Orange Festival. For “Crazy of You”
Best documentary & best director, Beirut film festival, for "Crazy of You"  

 1997
Banff Center for the Arts 

 

Film and Video Screenings/Festivals (Selection)

 

 2011
17. Internationales Festival Zeitgenössischer Kunst, SCSE Videobrazil, Sao Paulo 

 2010
International Film Festival Rotterdam 

 2009
Beirut Art Center
Images, Toronto 

 2008
Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage
SANFIC, Santiago - Chile 

 2007
Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes 

 2006
Tate Modern, London 

 2003
Videobrasil, Sao Paulo 

 2002
Disorientation, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin