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“Whoever owns heritage is a temporary custodian”: an interview with Akram Zaatari

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In this interview with Katarzyna Falęcka, the Lebanese filmmaker and artist Akram Zaatari discusses his practice based on collecting and studying photography. Over the past twenty-five years Zaatari has conducted research into private archives and family albums in the Middle East, exploring how photography has shaped aesthetic and social codes in the region. The interview was held in relation to the Transregional Academy “Fragment – Power – Public: Narrative, Authority, and Circulation in Archival Work”, organized by the Forum Transregionale Studien in cooperation with the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages of/at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in the framework of Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME), between 26 August and 6 September 2019. It expands on several themes and concerns raised during the Academy surrounding the ownership of archives, digitization and, crucially, artistic excavations of historical material.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Falecka K

Publication type: Online Publication

Publication status: Published

Series Title: TRAFO - Blog for Transregional Research

Year: 2020

Access Year: 2021

Acceptance date: 27/11/2020

ISSN (electronic): 2199-2134

Publisher: TRAFO - Blog for Transregional Research

Place Published: Berlin

Access Date: 20 October

Type of Medium: Blog