Letter to A Refusing Pilot

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A survey exhibition of Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari

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SALT will be hosting an exhibition by Lebanon-born, Beirut based artist Akram Zaatari. Largely known for his works based on collecting, studying and archiving the photographic history of the Arab World, Zaatari is the co-founder of the Arab Image Foundation (Beirut, 1997) and has been examining how photography has shaped notions of aesthetics, and social codes.

The Uneasy Subject, 28 Nights and A Poem, and Earth of Endless Secrets and Time Capsule, are amongst the works of the artist that will be exhibited at SALT Beyoğlu starting December 3. 

A comprehensive body of work encompassing videos (including his most recent video Beirut Exploded Views- 2014 where in a city post-apocalypse, people are able to communicate only through gestures and smart devices), photography and installation produced by the artist since 1998 will be shown in SALT Beyoğlu, with a different theme on each floor. The first floor is dedicated to Zaatari’s work on the act of excavation as a metaphor for concealing and revealing artifacts, namely archeology and whatever its opposite could be. The space opens with a display of Zaatari’s research on Osman Hamdi Bey’s excavation in Saida in 1887.

Letter to A Refusing Pilot

His video work titled Letter to a Refusing Pilot (Zaatari conducts both an investigation and a stirring tribute to an act of resistance that marked his childhood memories: the refusal of an Israeli pilot to bomb a boys’ high school on June 6, 1982 in South Lebanon) will be shown on loop from 17.30 every day December 3-7 in the Walk-in Cinema at SALT Beyoğlu.

Exhibition: December 2, 2014 – February 15, 2015
SALT Beyoğlu

  • Zaatari-On Photography People and Modern Times, 2010, 2 channel HD video, color, sound, 38 min, videostill

  • Letter_to_a_Refusing_Pilot

  • Letter to a Refusing Pilot_1.1.1

  • Beirut_Exploded_Views_1.4.1

  • AkramZaatariSergiden_InstallationShot2

  • Beirut Exploded Views2

  • AkramZaatariSergiden_InstallationShot1

  • On Photography, People and Modern Times, 2010
  • Letter to a Refusing Pilot, 2013
  • Letter to a Refusing Pilot, 2013
  • Beirut Exploded Views, 2014
  • Installation shot, 2014
  • Beirut Exploded Views, 2014
  • Installation shot, 2014

All pictures were taken by SALT

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