Akram Zaatari, Damaged Negatives: Scratched Portrait of an anonymous woman, 2012. Inkjet print. Made from 35mm scratched negative from the Hashem el Madani archive. 

On November 27, Thomas Dane Gallery in London will open On Photography People and Modern Timesa solo exhibition of work by Akram Zaatari. The exhibition will include two installations that “forensically examine Studio Sheherazade and other archival material held in the AIF.  Both bridge geographic and temporal boundaries and probe the nature of representation.”

Zaatari will also be in conversation with Achim Borchardt-Hume, Head of Exhibitions at Tate Modern at the ICA on November 29.

The exhibition will be on view through February 1. 

Akram Zaatari, Untitled (Plane), 2012. 

Akram Zaatari’s solo exhibition, On Photography People and Modern Times, at Thomas Dane Gallery was reviewed in Artforum

This exhibition is based on the foundation’s archive of Studio Sheherazade, created in 1953 by Hashem al-Madani in Sidon, Lebanon. Zaatari acts as an archival artist, surveying social activity as it relates to Lebanese history and the nation’s complicated political readings as well as compiling a vast array of visual and political documents of both collective and personal histories.

The exhibition will be on view through February 1.

An Artist and a Helicopter Capture Google’s Off-Limits Data Farm | The Creators Project

If Google won’t let you document one of their data farms out in Oklahoma, what do you do? If you’re Irish artist John Gerrard, you hire a helicopter to fly out there and photograph it from the air. This aerial defiance informed one of the works in John Gerrard: Farm, a new solo exhibition from the artist at the Thomas Dane Gallery in London, where Gerrard has recreated ultra-realistic virtual representations of huge tech-industrial infrastructures that service our needs. […] Google calls their data centers “Where the internet lives,” and you’ve probably seen the photos of vast rooms housing brand-colored water pipes and cables, and rows of spaceship-like LED lit servers. For the center in Mayes County, Oklahoma—which Google sees as being an integral part of the community, providing jobs and investment—Gerrard produced a virtual replica of the one of buildings and the diesel generators and powerful cooling towers that sit on either side of it.


1. Walead Beshty, Six-Sided Picture C, 2008, colour photographic paper, 127 x 254 cm, Pomeranz Collection, Vienna. Source

2. Walead Beshty, Six Colour Curl, 2008, colour photographic paper, Thomas Dane Gallery, London. Source

LA-based artist Walead Beshty has had two recent shows in London: ‘Walead Beshty: A Partial Disassembling of an Invention Without a Future: Helter-Skelter and Random Notes in Which the Pulleys and Cogwheels Are Lying Around at Random All Over the Workbench’ at the Barbican Centre, and 'Walead Beshty: Marginalia’ at the Thomas Dane Gallery.