Ziad Antar’s 'Dark Matter' is the first exhibition by the artist to arise from his ongoing exploration of digital archives. Antar’s unconventional photographic process is only further advanced by this latest series, which consists of delving into black images that the artist has amassed over time.
Intensifying his approach to process and color, Antar draws from the excessive yet discriminatory production of imagery resulting from modernization and the historical democratization of photography. Instead of eliminating the peculiar dark renderings, Antar grasps on to the irregularity of images and proceeds in deconstructing realities.
The artworks are brought to life in a crypt at the center of the city, whereby a loose narrative emerges in a stone chamber, one image at a time.
Ziad Antar is a Lebanese video artist and photographer. Born in Saida in 1978, Antar lives and works between Beirut and Paris. He studied Agricultural Engineering at the American University of Beirut before turning to video and arts with a residency at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2003 and a post-diploma of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 2004. Antar’s work has been acquired by several public and private collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the British Museum (London), Aishti Foundation (Beirut) and the Louis Vuitton Foundation (Paris) amongst others.
Opening Reception: October 13th, 6-9pm
Exhibition Duration: October 13th- October 28th 12-6pm
Fifty Shades of Black - L'Orient Le Jour
Imageless aesthetics of 'Dark Matter' - The Daily Star
Ziad Antar présente ‘Dark Matter’. Des photos du cœur de la photographie - Agenda Culturel
ادة زياد عنتر القاتمة: ال صور وقد أضرمتها العيون - Al Modon