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

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

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.