Akram Zaatari has an expansive practice that reflects on the collection, archive and dissemination of images and the role they play in the formation of identities and histories. This sensibility is formed by living through 15 years of war in Lebanon and recording it as a teenager. He has spent much of the past decade collecting and studying the photographic history of the Middle East.
For his first exhibition in Scotland, Zaatari presents a selection of works that reflect his interest in the documentary and its place as a tool in the shaping of history, both personal and collective.
Zaatari is co-founder of the groundbreaking Arab Image Foundation, an artist-driven organisation with a collection of over 600,000 images, established in 1997 to preserve and study photographs from the region. He has made invaluable and uncompromising contributions to the wider discourse on preservation and archival practice and played a critical role in developing the formal, intellectual, and institutional infrastructure of Beirut’s contemporary art scene. Zaatari participated in Documenta13 and represented Lebanon at the Venice Biennale 2013.
Programmed as part of Glasgow International 2016
Akram Zaatari: The End of Time
Exhibition Dates: April 8 – June 19, 2016
The Common Guild
21 Woodlands Terrace
Glasgow G3 6DF