Ziad Antar

"In the year 2000, I purchased ten roles of expired black and white film from Studio Al Madani in Saida, South Lebanon. These films not only expired in 1976, but they were also poorly preserved, subjected to floods, humidity and fire damage.

It is the ruinous condition of the films that interested me as a medium for my work. As a result, the images are sometimes void of pigment, often damaged, blackened or blurred. To add to the experiment, I was also using an old camera
– a 1948 Kodak Reflex II – and I had to work through the constraints of these expired films, trying to play with light in order to create an image.

The outcome was always unpredictable and uncertain. The whole experiment lies in the idea that even I did not know the result before the images were printed. And when the images were printed, a blurry limit was created in what the spectator sees and what he believes."

1978 born in Saida, Lebanon and lives and works between his hometown and Paris, France.

Ziad Antar has been working in photography and film since 2002. Best known for a practice that intervenes in the conventions of documentary photography, Ziad infuses seemingly ordinary subjects with a nostalgic aesthetic through the use of expired film and out-dated cameras. The result is a visual practice deeply engaged with the historical and theoretical discourses of the medium of photography, rich in poetic beauty and conceptual complexity.

In 2001, he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the American University of Beirut. His focus shifted to art after participating in a 2001 workshop run by Lebanese filmmakers Mahmoud Hojeij and Akram Zaatari. He continued his training at Ecole Superieure d'Etudes Cinematographique in Paris. He has exhibited his work in galleries, museums, and in book format, to much international acclaim.

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