Akram Zaatari. Against photography. An annotated history of the Arab Image Foundation

Art, Photography
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Akram Zaatari Contra la fotografia MACBA

Barcelona's MACBA art centre reflects on the different conditions a photograph can have

Rather than offering a potted history of the Arab Image Foundation (AIF), this exhibition gives us the perspective of an artist, which is fundamental for understanding how the organisation works. Through Akram Zaatari, a founding member of the AIF who has also played a key part in its ongoingdevelopment, this show reflects on the 20 years that the AIF has existed and the multiple conditions that a photograph can have: photographic document, object, its material value, aesthetic and memory. The expansive work of Zaatari on photography and collecting adopts an almost archaeological perspective: excavating the past brings forward new narratives and resuscitates them in the contemporary world.