Exhibition: Akram Zaatari. Against photography. An annotated history of the Arab Image FoundationMain events 2017, Exhibitions and activities
04/06/2017 - 09/25/2017
Lebanese photographer and film-maker Akram Zaatari is one of the four creators of the Arab Image Foundation (AIF), an organisation set up in Beirut 20 years ago to archive photographic material from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab Diaspora. It's an ongoing project driven forward by artist and scholar-led undertakings; so far, it has collected some 600,000 images from countries including Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Mexico and Senegal. However, this show at the MACBA is not a history of the AIF or a celebration for its 20th anniversary (although it does look at how the AIF has evolved new practices of collecting photographs as an artist-led enterprise and its impact on wider society), but rather an exploration of photographic documents and their function in today's world from the perspective of one artist. Zaatari reflects on the different roles that a photo can play, whether it be for describing, remembering or simply looking appealing, while telling stories about people and society.
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