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Cooking, drawing and other tricks for a healthy confinement




Online conversation between artist Akram Zaatari and Suzanne Cotter, Director of Mudam Luxembourg.

Akram Zaatari's research-based practice relies to a large extent on the collection of documents from private sources and publishing them in his work. Contrary to many of his peers in the Lebanese art scene, he operates like archeologists do on excavation sites. Zaatari rarely looks for documents in existing structures, such as archives or historical collections: he believes in subjective and personal inquiries, and aims to constitute or assemble his own collections of objects and other documents that are representative of his desires, concerns, and interests – mainly in writing parallel histories. His works address issues ranging from political resistance, war, the circulation of images acress borders, and the biographies of objects and other documents: lost, found, or simply moves from hand to hand. In 1997 he took part in the creation of the Arab Image Foundation, to contain research practices by artists and scholars. In 2013, Zaatari represented Lebanon at the Venice Biennale with his film Letter to a Refusing Pilot.

Ahram Zaatari was born in 1966 in Saida, Lebanon. He lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.

Akram Zaatari, "Oil Wrestlers", 2020. Extract of a series produced in Beirut during the period of forced confinement due to the spreading of COVID 19.
© Akram Zaatari