The artist Akram Zaatari has been selected to represent Lebanon at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.

Akram Zaatari. Photo: Videobrasil

Akram Zaatari was selected by the curators of the Pavilion Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, the cofounders of Art Reoriented, the multi-disciplinary curatorial platform based in Munich and New York.

Akram Zaatari’s work combines radio, television, and photographic archival material with his own personal narrative to examine the ideological circulation and geographic production of images in the context of the Middle East.

With a degree in architecture from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) and a master’s degree in media studies from the New School for Social Research, New York, USA, Zaatari explored the documental possibilities of video before making it his preferred medium of expression. He took his research into photography and collectionism as an artistic practice to new depths in the Arab Image Foundation, in Beirut, of which he is cofounder.

The Beirut–based artist has exhibited at such institutions as the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), Grey Art Gallery (New York), Munich Kunstverein (Munich, Germany), and MUSAC (León, Spain), as well as at the Turin Triennial (Italy) and the biennials of Venice (Italy), Sydney (Australia), and São Paulo.

Akram Zaatari has received widespread recognition in major institutions and exhibitions like Documenta 13 and has won the 2011 Yanghyun Prize and the 2011 Grand Prize Videobrasil.

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