Letter to A Refusing Pilot

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

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All pictures were taken by SALT

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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