Thomas Dane Gallery photography exhibition review: Akram Zaatari
Akram Zaatari’s exhibition On Photography, People, and Modern Times recently concluded at the Thomas Dane Gallery on the first of February. The exhibition included two installations comprised of images and videos from the archives of the Studio Sheherazade and Arab Image Foundation.
Zataari used a multitude of methods to display the images and videos including photography displayed on the wall and in cabinets, videos projected on the wall through super 8 film, and videos shown through ipads, LCD screens and video monitors. Zatari’s images and videos built a visual history of the Studio Sheherazade expressing a sense of identity.
Born in Lebanon, Zaatari has been a leading artist in the development of Beirut’s contemporary art scene. He co-founded the Arab Image Foundation, a collection of over 600,000 images and has spent the last ten years examining the archives of Studio Sheherazade in South Lebanon. He uses photography and filmmaking to build a visual history from the images in the archives of the Arab Image Foundation and Studio Sheherazade. His work reveals how the collecting, archiving, and distribution of these images function in forming the identities of groups and individuals.
Reviewed by Meg Ryder, Photofusion intern