Born in Sidon, 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, Sidon, 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.