January 2013

Akram Zaatari

Quinn Latimer

“THERE’S A CAMEL IN THE PICTURE,” a woman’s voice intones with dry precision in the first lines of Akram Zaatari’s magisterial feature-length video This Day, 2003, which stands at the center of the artist’s affecting survey at Le Magasin, “Aujourd’hui 10 ans” (This Day at Ten). She is describing a black-and-white image taken in the 1950s by the Syrian historian …

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