Akram Zaatari

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.

Feature: [Al-Yaoum] This Day (2003)

Shorts:
The End of Time (2013)
Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright (2010)
[Tabiaah Samitah] Nature Morte (2008)

Documentaries:
[Fi Haza al-Bayt] In This House (2005)
[Shou Bhebbak] How I love You (2001)
[Al-Sharit Bikhair] All Is Well on the Border (1997)

Letter to a Refusing Pilot

(Akram Zaatari, 2013)

Taking a cue from Albert Camus' epistolary essay "Letters to a German Friend," in Letter to a Refusing Pilot celebrated Lebanese artist-filmmaker Zaatari conducts both an investigation and a stirring...