Akram Zaatari


Born in Saida, Lebanon, 1966

Lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon



MA The New School University, New York NY 1995

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

Solo Exhibitions                                                                                                                                                               



Forthcoming: Akram Zaatari. Time after time: The Photographed Generation, FM – Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy



Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The Script, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, England; travelled to: Turner Contemporary, Margate, England; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England



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

The Script, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, England; travelled to: Turner Contemporary, Margate, England; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England

The Fold, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati OH

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



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

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

Unfolding, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany



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



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



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

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



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, Museom of Modern Art, New York NY

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



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 


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, Ljubljana, Slovenia 



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



Earth of Endless Secrets, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Ludlow38, New York NY



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



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



Mapping Sitting, Grey Art Gallery, New York NY



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



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



The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt



Darat al Founoun, Amman, Jordan



Goethe Institute, Beirut, Lebanon




Group Exhibitions



Unsettled Objects, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 



Masculinities. Liberation through Photography, Barbican Centre, London, England [travelled to: Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany; LUMA Foundation, Arles, France; FOMU, Antwerp, Belgium]



BEYOND: Modern and Contemporary Lebanese Art and Design, Phillips, London, England

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

Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi Biennale Foundation, Kerala, India

Beirút, Beyrut, Beyrouth, Beyrout, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland



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

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 ak 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



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



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



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



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



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 CA



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

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



Mapping Subjectivity, Museum of Modern Art, New York NY
Estrella Distante, Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
Estrella Distante, Regen Projects, Los Angeles CA
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 



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



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



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  



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



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



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



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



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



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



Ayloul Festival, Beirut, Lebanon 



Public Collections


Museum of Modern Art, New York NY 

County Museum of Art, Los Angeles LA

Guggenheim Museum, New York NY 

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles LA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MI

Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi, UAE 

Barjeel Collection, Dubai, UAE 

Sharjah Art Fondation, Sharjah, UAE

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France 

Kadist Foundation, Paris, France 

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

Tate Modern, London, England

Global Arts, London, England

Imperial War Museum, London, England

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany 

MACBA, Barcelona, Spain 

Arco Foundation, Madrid, Spain 

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea 

TBA21, Vienna, Austria 

Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland 

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Serralves Fondation, Porto, Portugal



Photo: Marco Milan
Photo: Marco Milan