Akram Zaatari (b. 1966 in Saida, South Lebanon) is a video artist and curator who lives and works in Beirut.
Author of more than 40 videos, a dozen books, and numerous installations of photographic material, Zaatari has been exploring issues pertinent to the Lebanese postwar condition for almost 20 years including a range of interconnected themes, subjects, and practices related to excavation, political resistance, the lives of former militants, the legacy of an exhausted left, intimacies among men, the circulation of images in times of war, and the play of tenses inherent to various letters that have been lost, found, buried, discovered, or otherwise delayed in reaching their destinations.
He is co-founder of the groundbreaking Arab Image Foundation, an artist-driven organisation with a collection of over 600,000 images, established in 1997 to preserve and study photographs from the region. Zaatari has made invaluable and uncompromising contributions to the wider discourse on preservation and archival practice and played a critical role in developing the formal, intellectual, and institutional infrastructure of Beirut’s contemporary art scene.
He was part of Documenta13 and he represented Lebanon in the Venice Biennial in 2013.