In relation to the two archives that she assembled – “Act of State 1967–2007” and “From Palestine to Israel 1947–1950” – Ariella Azoulay will present the problematic of how to produce an archive that would overcome the structure of existing discourse of the regime which has concealed that which should have been collected in an archive as well as that which may be seen in it. Zaatari will talk about the role of the artist in writing a history with holes, a history made with collected fragments, photographs and stories. Since 1997, he has been involved in the study of photographic vernacular practices in the Middle East and the creation of the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut. The development of his collecting practice led to an "archive" of more than 300 000 photographs that Zaatari sometimes sees as a burden. What about those who lost their photographs, their home, and died without leaving a trace? As much as archives serve in writing some kind of a subjective history, they are capable today to hijack history. Talking about photographs of Palesinians, and parallel to Azoulay's questioning Zaatari explains how an art platform could communicate essences of an archive without its structure.

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