Akram Zaatari

  

Born in Saida, Lebanon, 1966

Lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon

 

Education

MA The New School University, New York NY 1995

B. Arch., The American University of Beirut, Lebanon 1989

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2018

The Third Window, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

The Script, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, England

Letter to a Refusing Pilot, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden

 

2017

Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain; travelling to: K21, Dusseldorf, Germany; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Double Take: Akram Zaatari and the Arab Image Foundation, National Portrait Gallery, London, England

Unfolding, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany 

 

2016

Letter to a Refusing Pilot, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England

Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, Galpão VB, Videobrasil Cultural Association, Sao Paolo, Brazil

This Day at Ten, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland    

Akram Zaatari: The End of Time, The Common Guild, Glasgow, Scotland

Akram Zaatari: The Archaeology of Rumour, The British School at Rome, Rome, Italy

 

2015

Akram Zaatari, SALT, Istanbul, Turkey

Unfolding, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Akram Zaatari: All Is Well, curated by Vicky Moufawad-Paul, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

 

2014

Akram Zaatari: The End of Time, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

Akram Zaatari: This Day at Ten, WIELS - Centrum voor Hedendaagse kunst, Brussels, Belgium

 

2013

On Photography People and Modern Times, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England

ALL IS WELL, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston University, Ontario, Canada

Letter to a Refusing Pilot, Lebanon Pavilion, 55th International Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Akram Zaatari: Project 100, MoMA, New York NY

This Day at Ten, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Lebanon

 

2012

Akram Zaatari, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England

The End, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, Germany

Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA

The Uneasy Subject, MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico 

Akram Zaatari, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

This Day at Ten / Aujourd'hui à 10, Magasin Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

 

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, Slovenia 

 

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, Munich, Germany
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Ludlow38, New York NY

 

2007

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

 

2006

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

 

2005

Mapping Sitting, Grey Art Gallery, New York NY

 

2004

Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
Photographers' Gallery, London, England
Centre Pour l'Image Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Musée Nicéphore Nièpce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France

 

2002

SK Die Photographische Sammlung, Cologne, Germany
Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium

 

2000

The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

 

1999

Darat al Founoun, Amman, Jordan

 

1998

Goethe Institute, Beirut, Lebanon

 

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2019

Forthcoming: Making New Time, Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates

Forthcoming: A group exhibition…, Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands

 

2018

Swingers, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York NY

A cosa serve l’utopia, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy

Truth is black, write over it with a mirage’s light, Darat al Funun, The Kahlid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan

Unboxing Photographs. Working in the Photo Archive, Kunstbibliothek, Berlin, Germany

En Rebeldía (In Rebellion), Valencia Museum of Modern Art, Spain 

 

2017

Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbours, MAXXI, Rome, Italy

Forms of Resistance, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

In Rebellion. Female Narratives In The Arab World, Institute Valenica d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain

Between Two Rounds of Fire, The Exile of the Sea: Arab Modern and Contemporary Works From The Barjeel Art Foundation, Katzen Arts Centre, Washington D.C
How Close Could We Get to the Light and Survive? Curated by Rabih Mroué, as part of Why Are We Here Now? Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany 

ISelf Collection: The End of Love, Whitechapel Gallery, London, England

No to the Invasion: From the Archive, CCS Bard, New York NY

The Written Language of Reality, Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture, Annandale-on-Hudson NY

Past is Not Past, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany 

A Cross Border Selection of the Artium Collection, The Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

 

2016

Between Myth and Fright. The Mediterranean as conflict, Institut Valencia d'art Modern, Valencia, Spain

The Human Document, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, England

In Search of The Present, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland

Question the Wall Itself, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis MN

Art From Elsewhere: International Contemporary Art from UK Galleries, Arnolfini, Bristol, England

An Imagined Museum: Works from the Centre Pompidou, the Tate and the MMK, Museum Fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

A History: Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

 

2015

Gallery 3010, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Arte Fiera Collezionismi - Too Early Too Late. Middle East and Modernity, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Italy

 

2014

4th International Canakkale Biennial, Çanakkale Turkey

Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea

Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan

Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York NY

Archive State, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago IL

A Guest Without a Host is a Ghost, Contemporary Image Collective & Townhouse, Cairo, Egypt

 

2013

Akram Zaatari and Jean-Luc Moulène, 'Ici, Ailleurs (Here, Elsewhere)': Friche de la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France

fALSEfAKES, Centre de la Photoraphie, Geneva, Switzerland

John Bock, Keren Cytter, Paul Pfeiffer, Gillian Wearing and Akram Zaatari, Regen Project, Los Angeles, California

 

2012

Mediacity Seoul 2012, Seoul, Korea
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, California
Six Lines of Flight: Geographies in Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California  

DOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
Arab Express: The Latest Art form the Arab World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Privat, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Subversion, Cornerhouse Manchester, England

 

2011

Mapping Subjectivity, Museum of Modern Art, New York NY
Estrella Distante, Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
Estrella Distante, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California
Beirut, Kunsthalle Wien project space, Vienna, Austria
Seeing is believing, KW Berlin, Berlin, Germany
SESC & Videobrasil - 17th International Contemporary Art Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Beirut, project space, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Jean Genet, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England
12 Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
Told - Untold - Retold, Mathaf, Doha, Qatar 

 

2010

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

 

2009

Traum und Wirklichkeit, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
Lisson Presents I, Lisson Gallery, London, England

 

2008

Éclats de frontières, FRAC Provence-Alpes_Cote d'Azur, France
Les Inquiets. Cinq artistes sous la pression de la guerre, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France  

 

2007

Oh Girl, It's a Boy!, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany
52. Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
8. Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE 

 

2006

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

 

2005

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

 

2004

CAC Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland
SENI, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Nam June Paik Award exhibition, Dortmund, Germany

 

2003

Substream, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Worlwide Video Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Possible Narratives, Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Disorientation, Haus der Kulturen der Werlt, Berlin, Germany

 

2002

Homeworks, Beirut, Lebanon
Haunted by detail, Die Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

1998

Ayloul Festival, Beirut, Lebanon 

 

 

Public Collections

 

Barjeel Collection, UAE
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

Tate Modern, London, England
Global Arts, London, England
Museum of Modern Art, New York NY
Arco Foundation, Madrid, Spain
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Kadist Foundation, Paris, France
TBA21, Vienna, Austria

 

 

Awards and Residencies

 

2011

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

 

2010

DAAD, Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Germany

 

2008

Recollets, France
Bellagio, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York NY

 

2005

FAIR PLAY Video Art Festival Berlin, 1st Price for "Red Chewing Gum", Germany

 

2004

Prix Son - FID Marseille. For "This Day", France

 

2002

Grand Award - Ismailia short & Doc Film Festival, For "Her + Him Van Leo", Egypt

 

2001

Jury Award - VideoLisboa. For: "Red Chewing Gum", Portugal

 

1998

Grand Award - Antalya Golden Orange Festival. For "Crazy of You", Turkey
Best documentary & best director, Beirut film festival, for "Crazy of You", Lebanon 

 

1997

Banff Center for the Arts, Canada

 

 

Film and Video Screenings/Festivals (Selection)

 

2017

Exhibition on the Table, ArtHub, Shanghai, China

 

2011

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

 

2010

International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands 

 

2009

Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Images, Toronto, Canada

 

2008

Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen, Germany
SANFIC, Santiago, Chile 

 

2007

Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes, France

 

2006

Tate Modern, London, England

 

2003

Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil 

 

2002

Disorientation, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany