• “Akram Zaatari: Against Photography—An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation”

    Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
    Plaça dels Angels, 1
    April 17–September 24, 2017

    Curated by Hiuwai Chu and Bartomeu Marí

    An archive initially composed of the by-products of artists’ research and projects, the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) was established in Lebanon in 1997 by Fouad Elkoury, Samer Mohdad, Walid Raad, and Akram Zaatari, and has grown to include a staggering number and variety of photographic materials and subjects from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arab diaspora. Consistent with the original intention of the archive, as simultaneously critical historical record and fund for creative work, Zaatari will select materials from the AIF’s twenty years to explore the photograph’s many purposes and its materialist and aesthetic histories, and to produce unprecedented narratives by cutting across synchronous frameworks and typological fields—an effect to be deepened, and no doubt inflected, by the inclusion of new artists’ projects. The AIF now permits potentially infinite permutations of inferred meanings, relations, and causalities. An accompanying catalogue presents texts by Zaatari, Mark Westmoreland, and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie.