Lecture and Screening “Refusing Pilot” at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, February 15th 2016, 6 pm
Akram Zaatari (born Lebanon, 1966) is an image-maker, curator, writer and archivist who lives and works in Beirut. He is widely known for his expansive practice in photography and filmmaking which reflects on the collecting, archiving and dissemination of such images and the performative role they play in the formation of individual and communal identities and histories. This sensibility was formed in the course of living through fifteen years of war in Lebanon, watching it unfold and recording it as a teenager. He has spent much of the last decade excavating the archive of Studio Sheherazade, established in 1953 by Hashem al-Madani in Saida, South Lebanon, Zaatari’s city of origin. His practice is rooted in collecting and recontextualizing a wide range of personal documents in order to create video and photo narratives. Especially from this point of view his work is of greatest interest with regard to the changing function of the Photothek from a mere collection of photographs to a laboratory for the humanities, concerned with photographs as social, material objects within the ecosystem of the Archive.
February 15th 2016, 6 pm
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut
Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi 51
50122 Florence, Italy