The End of Love, 2013

Basel 2019
Thomas Dane Gallery, Sfeir-Semler Gallery
Prints & Multiples
150 black-and-white inkjet prints; 30.5 x 23.5 x 3 cm each; edition of 3 + 2 AP
30.5 x 23.5 x 3.0 (cm)
12.0 x 9.3 x 1.2 (inch)
In 1997, Zaatari co-founded the Beirut-based Arab Image Foundation (AIF) which collects, researches, preserves, interprets, and exhibits photography from the Arab region. The foundation has developed a large collection thanks to the research practices of artists like Zaatari. He produced an expansive body of work based on the archive of photographer Hashem El Madani, owner of Studio Sheherazade, a studio in Saida, Lebanon, which was operational between 1953 and 2017. Zaatari’s project takes into consideration the complex notions of authorship and ownership of photographs and their use in different formats. Zaatari’s project furthers Madani’s practice by working it into new configurations: films, installations, and publications. The End of Love consists of 150 black-and-white photographs found in a box labeled ‘weddings’ at Madani’s studio. Pictured are not only wedding couples, but also a number of individuals alone, whose presence remains enigmatic. The work presents the whole set as as found object.