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New School Alum Featured at MoMA

Akram Zaatari, distinguished Media Studies alum from Beirut, Lebanon, has a

one-man show of his recent media art at the Museum of Modern Art. Projects

100: Akram Zaatari opened on May 11 and will be on exhibition until September

23 and can be found on the second floor. Zaatari is one of the co-founders of the

Arab Image Foundation, which tracks down and preserves photos from North

Africa, the Middle East, and Arab communities worldwide. An accomplished video,

film, installation, and performance artist, Zaatari in this show highlights his work

collecting, examining, and recontextualizing documents—from found audiotapes

to family photos to videos on YouTube—that testify to the cultural and political

conditions of Lebanon’s postwar society. His artistic practice explores the way

these varied documents challenge, interpret, and add to notions of history and

memory.

Projects 100 features the American premiere of two video installations. Comprised

of found YouTube clips made by Arab youth and shared freely online, Dance to

the End of Love (2011) examines social media as both intimate and public space.

On Photography, People and Modern Times (2010) is drawn from photographic

records that Zaatari researched and collected in the late 1990s; it is a meditation on

intimate past moments evoked by images. Cutting across temporal and geographic

borders, both video installations probe the nature of time and assert the mutability

of memory.

Zaatari is also representing Lebanon at the Venice Biennale this summer.

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1296