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On the opening night of his exhibition The Script join Akram Zaatari, acclaimed artist and co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation, for a conversation with Anthony Gardner, Head of School, Ruskin School of Art.

Born in Lebanon in 1966, Akram Zaatari is a filmmaker, archival artist, photographer and curator whose practice explores the ways in which the media depicts territorial conflict and war, as well as the circulation and production of images in the context of today’s geographic divisions in areas of the Middle East. Zaatari’s solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford focuses on his on-going fascination with how people choose to present themselves to the outside world.

Find out more about Akram Zataari: The Script here.

Please note that there will be no alcohol served during this event.

Book tickets to the Preview Party here.



Akram Zaatari | أكرم زعتري

Born in Saida, Lebanon in 1966, Akram Zaatari is a filmmaker, photographer, archival artist and curator whose practice has explored and investigated issues pertinent to post-war Lebanon and the ways in which television mediates territorial conflicts and wars. His work also has a particular focus on the circulation and production of images in the context of today's geographic divisions in the Middle East.

In 1997 Zaatari co-founded the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut’s leading institution dedicated to the study and preservation of photography in the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora, and has focused for many years on studying the history of Studio Shehrazade, Saida, and the photographs of Hashem el Madani (1928-2017), ensuring their safe transfer to the Arab Image Foundation.

Recent exhibitions include Letter to a Refusing Pilot, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden (2018); Against Photography. An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, touring to K21, Dusseldorf, Germany; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (2017); Double Take: Akram Zaatari and the Arab Image Foundation, National Portrait Gallery, London (2017); and Akram Zaatari: The End of Time, The Common Guild, Glasgow (2016). Zaatari lives and works in Beirut.


ولد أكرم زعتري في صيدا، لبنان عام ١٩٦٦، وهو صانع أفلام ومصور وفنان أرشيفي ومُقيم فني، وقد بحثت ممارساته التحقيق في قضايا متعلقة بلبنان بعد الحرب والطرق التي يتوسط بها التلفزيون الصراعات والحروب الإقليمية. كما يركز عمله بشكل خاص على توزيع وإنتاج الصور في سياق التقسيمات الجغرافية الحالية في الشرق الأوسط.

في عام ١٩٧٧، شارك زعتري في تأسيس مؤسسة الصور العربية، وهي مؤسسة رائدة في بيروت مكرسة لدراسة وحفظ التصوير في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا والشتات العربي، وركزت لسنوات عديدة على دراسة تاريخ ستوديو شهرزاد ، صيدا ، وصور هاشم المدني (١٩٢٨-٢٠١٧) ، لضمان نقلها بشكل آمن إلى مؤسسة الصور العربية

وتشمل المعارض الأخيرة رسالة إلى الطيار الرافض، موديرنا ميوزيت، مالمو ، السويد (٢٠١٨) ؛ ضد التصوير. تاريخ تفصيلي لمؤسسة الصور العربية، MACBA ، برشلونة ، إسبانيا ، يتجول في K21 ، دوسلدورف ، ألمانيا. متحف الفن الحديث والمعاصر، سيؤول، كوريا (٢٠١٧)؛ تأخذ المزدوجة: أكرم زعتري ومؤسسة الصور العربية، معرض الصور الوطنية، لندن (٢٠١٧)؛ وأكرم زعتري: نهاية الزمن، النقابة المشتركة، غلاسكو (٢٠١٦). الان زعتري يعيش ويعمل في بيروت

Anthony Gardner

Anthony Gardner is a contemporary art historian working at the intersection of political theory and art and exhibition histories since the early 1950s. He is the Head of the Ruskin School of Art, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory and Fellow of Queen’s College at the University of Oxford. Anthony is also Co-editor of ARTMargins, a triannual publication about contemporary art, media, architecture, and critical theory.