The Galerie Almine Rech is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of Ziad Antar.
Ziad Antar was born in Saida, Lebanon in 1978 and today divides his time between his hometown and Paris. In 2012, he was the subject of a solo exhibition Coastline at the Sharjah Art Foundation, curated by Christine Macel. The same year he participated in the Triennial at the Palais du Tokyo. In 2010, he exhibited at the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, at the Seoul Museum of Art and the Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France in the Greater Parisian Region. As with previous work, the concept of the series predominates here; each image is part of a body of work. Let us cite Portrait of a Territory, Ziad Antar’s latest project, exhibited in Sharjah and created between 2004 and 2011, after many road trips along the Emirates coastline. Again, he uses old-fashioned or obsolete cameras, a Rollefleix and a Holga, and takes seemingly trivial photographs of palm trees, an amusement park, the seafront, in the middle of the day, defying the light and its conventions. As part of The Mediterranean ApproachExhibition at the last Venice Biennial, Antar presented Beirout Bereift, a series of photographs including images of abandoned buildings in Beirut, built between the 1960s and the 1990s, relics of an extremely chaotic political and economic context. By repeating the same gestures and manipulating his material in order to experiment more freely, Ziad Antar collects the obsolete and peculiar records of a region and an artistic medium undergoing a profound transformation.
Text by Julie Boukobza