AKRAM ZAATARI | THREE SNAPSHOTS AND A LONG EXPOSURE
Sfeir-Semler Gallery is happy to inaugurate its extended ground floor space with a solo show by Akram Zaatari, whose exhibitions we have been presenting since 2005 in both our Beirut
Sfeir-Semler Gallery is happy to inaugurate its extended ground floor space with a solo show by Akram Zaatari, whose exhibitions we have been presenting since 2005 in both our Beirut and Hamburg galleries.
three snapshots and a long exposure takes the plasticity attributed to photography in the digital era as a common feature among works that engage with the reconfiguration of photographic documents. The migration of elements from one photograph to another, their occasional withdrawal, their contamination of one another or their physical recreation, after their vanishing, as objects based on their photographic or textual descriptions, constitute the palette that was used while making the different works in this exhibition.
Exhibited on the first floor of the gallery, the series that gave its title to the show focuses on post-civil-war iconography from Beirut. In the mid-1990s, while the reconstruction project of the city’s downtown was provoking heated debates, Zaatari started documenting the first belt around the city center, with the aim of indexing houses typology for a book project initiated by then professor of Urban Planning and Design at the American University of Beirut, Robert Saliba. The images, taken with a 4×5” view camera, were never used until Zaatari returned to them nearly twenty-five years later. Printed in large formats, the landscapes, which Zaatari qualifies as missing any specific focal points, might have captured an atmosphere of speculation, a gentrification on its way, and an urban transformation, back then still latent in the neighborhoods located on both sides of the green line that had divided Beirut between East and West from 1975 to 1990.
Courtesy of Sfeir-Semler Gallery
Feature: Akram Zaatari, Three snapshots and a long exposure, 2022.
April 27 (Wednesday) - August 27 (Saturday)
Sfeir Semler Gallery
Admiralitätstrasse 71, D-20459, Hamburg, Germany