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Akram Zaatari  1966, LB

Rank (2014): 266 

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Germany 20
USA 16
France 11
United Kingdom 11

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  Galerie Sfeir-Semler - Beirut, Lebanon 3

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1966 Born in Saida (LB)

Akram Zaatari has produced more than forty videos, a dozen books, and countless installations of photographic material, all pursuing a range of interconnected themes, subjects, and practices related to excavation, political resistance, the lives of former militants, the legacy of an exhausted left, intimacies among men, the circulation of images in times of war, and the play of tenses inherent to various letters that have been lost, found, buried, discovered, or otherwise delayed in reaching their destinations.

Zaatari has played a critical role in developing the formal, intellectual, and institutional infrastructure of Beirut's contemporary art scene. He was one of a handful of young artists who emerged from the delirious but short-lived era of experimentation in Lebanon's television industry, which was radically reorganized after the country's civil war. As a co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, a groundbreaking, artist-driven organization devoted to the research and study of photography in the region, he has made invaluable and uncompromising contributions to the wider discourse on preservation and archival practice.

Lives and works in Beirut (LB)

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Public exhibitions (Selection) 142  Please report missing Information

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   Akram Zaatari - The End of Time - The Power Plant, Toronto, ON
   Akram Zaatari, This Day at Ten - WIELS - Centrum voor Hedendaagse kunst, Brussels

   Akram Zaatari - Galerie Sfeir-Semler - Beirut, Beirut
   Akram Zaatari - On Photography People and Modern Times - Thomas Dane Gallery, London
   Akram Zaatari: All Is Well - Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston, Ontario
   Akram Zaatari: Tomorrow everything will be alright - Turku Art Museum, Turku
   Akram Zaatari: The End of Time - kurimanzutto, Mexico City
   Projects 100: Akram Zaatari - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

   This Day at Ten - MAGASIN-Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble
   Composition for Two Wings - Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius
   Akram Zaatari - Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright - MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
   Akram Zaatari: El molesto asunto - Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo - MUAC, Mexico City
   Akram Zaatari - Galerie Sfeir-Semler - Hamburg, Hamburg

   Akram Zaatari - Composition for Two Wings - Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
   Akram Zaatari: This Day - Moderna galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana
   El molesto asunto - Musac - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon

   documents / rumeurs / histoires - Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Aubervilliers

Description and image  Earth of Endless Secrets Writing for a Posterior Time - Beirut Art Center, Beirut
   Akram Zaatari: Earth of Endless Secrets - Galerie Sfeir-Semler - Beirut, Beirut
   Akram Zaatari - Nature Morte - BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
   Akram Zaatari - Kunstverein München, Munich
   Akram Zaatari - A muffled soundtrack and a few men smoking in a dark humid cinema - Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie / Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

   Akram Zaatari - Galerie Sfeir-Semler - Hamburg, Hamburg

   Hashem el Madani: Promenades and Studio Practices - CaixaForum Barcelona, Barcelona

   Akram Zaatari - Unfolding - Portikus, Frankfurt/Main


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   4th International Canakkale Biennial - International Canakkale Biennial, Canakkale
   10th Gwangju Biennale - Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
   Yokohama Triennale 2014 - Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama
   Kunst/Geschichten - Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
Description  Here and Elsewhere - New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY
   A Paradise Built in Hell - Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
   (Mis)Understanding - Werke und Manifeste zur Fotografie - Museum Folkwang Essen, 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
Description  A Guest Without A Host Is A Ghost - Beirut, Cairo
   All About These... Ladies And Gentlemen - National Gallery of Arts - Tirana, Tirana
   Archive State - MoCP - The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

   John Bock, Keren Cytter, Paul Pfeiffer, Gillian Wearing, and Akram Zaatari - Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
   Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art after Marcel Broodthaers - National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto
Description  Terms & Conditions - Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
   fALSEfAKES - Maison des arts du Grütli, Geneva
   Biennale di Venezia - 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
   Le Pont - MAC Musées d´Art Contemporain Marseille, Marseille
   Una Posibilidad De Escape Para Asaltar El Estudio De La Realidad Y Volver A Grabar El Universo - EACC - Espai d´Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castellon de la Plana
   In The Heart Of The Country - The Collection Of The Museum Of Modern Art In Warsaw - Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie / Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
   Home Works 6 - Ashkal Alwan - The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Beirut
   When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes - Museum of Contemporay Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
Description  Ici, ailleurs - Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille

   No Borders - Arnolfini, Bristol
   Desire Lines - ACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, VIC
   Privat - Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main
   This Is A Special Blackout Edition! - Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
Description, image and works of art ARTIUM - Basque Museum Center of Contemporary ArtMontaje de Atracciones - Tirar del Hilo - Colección Artium / Sala Norte - ARTIUM - Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz Send message
   Six Lines Of Flight - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
   7th Liverpool Biennial - Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool
   Shifting Sands: Recent Videos from the Middle East - Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, El Paso, TX
Description and image  When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes - CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA
Description  Media City Seoul - 2012 The 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale - Media City Seoul - International Biennale of Media Art, Seoul
   Terra Mediterranea – In Crisis Exhibition - The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Nicosia
   Arab Express: The Latest Art from the Arab World - Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
   Documenta (13) - Documenta, Kassel
   Photography: New Documentary Forms - Tate Modern, London
   Subversion - Cornerhouse, Manchester
   Alienation - Maraya Art Centre - Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
   Wahlverwandtschaften - Imaginationen des Nomadischen in der Gegenwartskunst - Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg
   Kadist: Pathways Into A Collection - Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai

Description  Told | Untold | Retold - MATHAF - Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha
   Les Marques Aveugles - Centre d´Art Contemporain Geneve, Geneva
   Strange and Close - CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
   Etrange et Proche - CAPC - Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
   12th International İstanbul Biennial - International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
Description  Seeing is believing - Kunst-Werke Berlin - KW Institute for Contemporary Art , Berlin
   17şVideobrasil - SESC, Săo Paulo
   Distant Star - kurimanzutto, Mexico City
   Distant Star - Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
   Beirut - Kunsthalle wien project space karlsplatz, Vienna
   New Documentaries Form at Tate Modern - Akbank Art Center, Istanbul
Description  Photography: New Documentary Forms - Tate Modern, London
Description and image  Sharjah Biennial 10 - Plot for a Biennial - Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah

   BREAKING NEWS. Contemporary Photography from the Middle East and Africa - Ex Ospedale Sant’Agostino, Modena
   The future of tradition – the tradition of future - Haus der Kunst München, Munich
Description  Tarjama/Translation - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
   La revanche de l'archive photographique - Maison des arts du Grütli, Geneva
   This is Our Time - Stevenson, Cape Town

   Zeichen setzen / Indicated by signs - Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
   Emotional Community - Monitor, Rome
   en todas as partes. políticas da diversidade sexual na arte - CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
Description and image  Tarjama/Translation - Queens Museum of Art (QMA), New York City, NY
   008. Collection, nouvelles connexions - FRAC - Poitou-Charentes, Angoulęme
Description and image Lisson GalleryLisson Presents 1 - Lisson Gallery, London Send message
Description  Closer - Beirut Art Center, Beirut

   Videozone 4 - Videozone - International Video-Art Biennial, Tel Aviv
   In the Middle of the Middle - Galerie Sfeir-Semler - Beirut, Beirut
   T2 Torino Triennale - - Torino Trienniale, Turin (closed)
   Éclats de frontičres - FRAC - Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille
   The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial - Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Guangdong
   OŮ ? Scčnes du Sud – Volet 2 - Carré d´art - Musée d´art contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes
   Art Now in Lebanon - Darat al Funum, Amman
   Les inquiets - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris

   passages—passagen—pasáže - Gandy Gallery, Bratislava
   Información contra información - CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
   Oh Girl, It's a Boy! - Kunstverein München, Munich
   Mediterráneo(s) - Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida
   Neue Asiatische Kunst. Thermocline of Art - ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
Description and image  52nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
   June Bride - Yossi Milo Gallery, New York City, NY
   shooting back - T-B A21 - Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
   Geopoéticas - El vídeo como documento del lugar - Centro José Guerrero, Granada
Description  1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art - Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
   8th Sharjah Biennial - Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah
   Paranoia - Freud Museum, London

   paranoia - Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
   27° Bienal de Săo Paulo - Bienal de Sao Paulo, Săo Paulo
   Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography - Perlman Teaching Museum, Northfield, MN
   Big City Lab - Nymphius Projekte Berlin, Berlin
   Coding:Decoding - Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen
  Museet for SamtidskunstCoding : Decoding - Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde Send message
Description  15th Biennale of Sydney 2006 - Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
   Out of Beirut - Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
   Interdigitate 2006 - MIC Toi Rerehiko (Moving Image Centre), Auckland

   PhotoCairo3 - Townhouse Gallery, Cairo
   Masculinities - NBK - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
   15ş Videobrasil - SESC, Săo Paulo
   Mapping Sitting - On Portraiture and Photography - The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Portland, OR
   5. Cetinje Biennale - Cetinje Biennale of Visual Arts, Cetinje
   Videokunstwoche - NBK - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
   On Difference #1 - Lokale Kontexte - Hybride Räume - Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
   Coabitazioni coatte - CACT Centro d´Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona
Description  Mapping Sitting - Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York City, NY

   Avvertenza! - CACT Centro d´Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona
   Nam June Paik Award 2004 - HMKV - Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund
Description and image  "Present Absence" - Galerie Tanit, Munich
   Mapping Sitting - On portraiture and photography - - Centre pour l'image contemporaine Saint-Gervais Genčve, Geneva (closed, 2008)

Description  Synopsis 3-Testimonies: Between Fiction and Reality - National Museum of Contemporary Art - EMST, Athens
   10e Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement - Centre pour l\'image contemporaine, Geneva
Description  Contemporary Arab Representations: Beirut/Lebanon - Bildmuseet, Umeĺ
   Substream - Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

   Haunted by Detial - de Appel Boys' School, Amsterdam
   Home - Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
   Contemporary Arab Representations, Beirut/Lebanon - Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

   9e Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement - Centre pour l\'image contemporaine, Geneva

   Mediterranean Metaphors III - - Borusan Sanat Galerisi / Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul (closed, 2006)


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 Galerie Sfeir-Semler - Hamburg, Hamburg


 Galerie Sfeir-Semler - Beirut, Beirut


 kurimanzutto, Mexico City

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 Thomas Dane Gallery, London


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 Kadist Art Foundation Paris, Paris


 Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw


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