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."

Ziad Antar was born in 1978 in Saida, Lebanon. He obtained a degree in Agricultural Engineering in 2001 and has been working with video and photography since 2002. Antar’s work is held in a number of international institutions including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the FRAC Centre (Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain). His work has been exhibited around the world, most recently at the Sharjah Biennial (2011) and as part of Live Cinema/In the Round: Contemporary Art from the East Mediterranean at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA. Ziad Antar is represented by Selma Feriani Gallery, London.

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