Camille Zakharia

Camille Zakharia

Born in 1962, Lebanon
Lives and works in Manama, Bahrain

Displaced from his homeland in 1985 by the civil war, the Lebanese-born Canadian photographer Camille Zakharia set out on a series of travels to diverse destinations, many of which served as temporary homelands. Photography remains the one constant in his life. The visual record Zakharia captures through his photographic work spans three decades and various locales including the United States, Greece, Turkey, Canada, and, most recently, Bahrain where he currently resides. But his images go beyond an autobiographical documentation of places occupied at specific moments throughout his life. The thousands of individual images that have resulted from his migrations are used as building blocks to construct larger and more compelling visual forms with a degree of complexity that is impossible to capture within a single frame. While the technique is constructive, the outcome of the process is a set of visual metaphors about identities formed and refigured through encounters with changing urban transnational environments. Photographic montages and collages of people and places, of transformed architectural facades and interiors, function as visual equivalents for spaces created by the displaced ‘self’ for the commingling of memory and desire.


Series:

  • 2012. Background
  • 2011. Fields of Remembrance
  • 2010. Coastal Promenade | Belonging – Begun
  • 2009-2008. Markings
  • 2008. Sharjah History Images
  • 2009-2007. Al Bilad
  • 2007. Double Vue | Improving Lives
  • 2006-2001. Distorted Memories
  • 2005-2001. Division Lines
  • 2000-1999. Elusive Homelands
  • 1998. Assembling Places | Cultivate Your Garden | Stories from the Alley | Lebanon Canada via Bahrain
  • 1997. Babylon
  • 1996. My Playing Cards | A Middle Eastern Perception


Solo Exhibitions
:

  • 2012. Katara Art Center. Doha. Qatar
  • 2011. Art Sawa Gallery. Dubai. UAE
  • 2011. National Museum of Bahrain. Manama. Bahrain
  • 2010. Bin Matar House. Muharraq. Bahrain
  • 2009. Al Riwaq Gallery. Manama. Bahrain
  • 2008. Maison Jamsheer, Centre Culturel Franco Bahreinien. Muharraq. Bahrain
  • 2006. Art Gallery at Saint Mary's University. Halifax NS. Canada
  • 2006. Art Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Doha Qatar
  • 1999. Dal Tech Exhibition Room. Halifax NS. Canada
  • 1999. Artemisia Gallery. Chicago, Illinois. USA
  • 1998. Multicultural Arts Resource Centre. Halifax NS. Canada
  • 1997. Anna Leonowens Gallery NSCAD University. Halifax NS. Canada
  • 1997. The Rounds Gallery Wichita Center for the Arts. Wichita, Kansas. USA
  • 1997. Weidemann Gallery Wichita Center for the Arts. Wichita, Kansas. USA
  • 1996. Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Cultural Center. Montreal, Quebec. Canada
  • 1996. Clayton Staples Gallery Wichita State University. Wichita, Kansas. USA
  • 1990. Ione Gallery. Athens. Greece
  • 1988. Monogramma Gallery. Athens. Greece


Group Exhibitions

  • 2012. Victoria & Albert Museum. London. UK
  • 2012. 13th Venice Biennial for Architecture 2012, Bahrain Pavilion. Venice. Italy
  • 2012. Museum of Architecture. London. UK
  • 2012. Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah. UAE
  • 2012. Art Gallery at Delaware County Community College. Philadelphia. USA
  • 2011. Photoquai 2011, 3rd Biennial des Images du Monde Musee du Quai Branly. Paris. France
  • 2011. Royal College of Art. London. UK
  • 2011. Lucy Mackintosh Gallery. Lausanne. Switzerland
  • 2011. Hong Kong Shenzhen, Architecture Biennale. Hong Kong. China
  • 2011. Museum of Contemporary Art. Tokyo. Japan
  • 2011. Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). London. UK
  • 2011. Menasart Art Fair Represented by Janet Rady Fine Art. Beirut. Lebanon
  • 2011. Art Dubai Represented by Lucy Mackintosh Gallery. Dubai. UAE
  • 2011. Al Riwaq Art Space. Manama. Bahrain
  • 2011-2009. Jameel Prize– Touring Exhibition. Victoria & Albert Museum. London. UK | Sakip Sabanci Museum. Istanbul. Turkey | La Villa des Arts. Casablanca. Morocco | Beiteddine Palace. Lebanon | Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization. Sharjah. UAE | National Museum of Damascus. Damascus. Syria | National Museum King Abdulaziz Historical Center. Riyadh. Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2009. My Father’s House (Organized by British Council) – Touring Exhibition. Liverpool Arts Festival, John Moores University Gallery. Liverpool. UK | The Brunei Gallery. London. UK | Waqif Art Center. Doha. Qatar | Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization. Sharjah. UAE | Bait Al Zubair Museum and Al Baranda Gallery. Muscat Oman | Bait Al Quran. Manama. Bahrain | Bait Al Bont Museum. Jeddah. Saudi Arabia | National Museum King Abdulaziz. Riyadh. Saudi Arabia
  • 2010. 12th Venice Biennial for Architecture 2010, Bahrain Pavilion. Venice. Italy (Winner of Golden Lion Award)
  • 2010. Bahrain Contemporary Art Association. Juffair. Bahrain
  • 2010. Bait Muzna Gallery. Muscat. Oman
  • 2010. Barjeel Art Foundation Maraya Art Center Al Qasba. Sharjah. UAE
  • 2009. National Art Gallery Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Dhaka. Bangladesh
  • 2008. Art Paris Abu Dhabi Represented by Art Sawa Gallery. Abu Dhabi. UAE
  • 2008. Athens Photo Festival 2008, Loutro ton Aeridon. Athens. Greece
  • 2008. Art Sawa Gallery. Dubai. UAE
  • 2008. First International Biennial of Photography, Saba Cultural & Artistic Institute Felestin. Square Tehran. Iran
  • 2008. Empty Quarter. Dubai. UAE
  • 2008. Acte 2 Galerie. Paris. France
  • 2008. Farmani Gallery. Los Angeles, California. USA
  • 2007. Art Gallery at Virginia, Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Doha Qatar
  • 2007. Sharjah Biennial 8, Sharjah Art Museum. Sharjah. UAE
  • 2007. Circle 4 Mutrah. Muscat. Oman
  • 2006. Sharjah Art Museum. Sharjah. UAE
  • 2000. Matrix Gallery. Sacramento, California. USA
  • 1999. City Arts Wichita. Kansas. USA
  • 1999. Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. Toronto, Ontario. Canada
  • 1998. Museum of Fine Art, Florida State University Tallahassee. Florida. USA
  • 1998. Anna Leonowens Gallery Halifax. Nova Scotia. Canada


Catalogues/Publication

  • 2012. AlieNation. Exhibition catalogue, Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah. UAE
  • 2011. Photoquai 2011. Catalogue for Exhibition 3rd Biennale des Images du Monde. Paris. France. p. 56 – 59
  • 2011. dpi Magazine. Issue 149, September 2011. p. 100 – 106
  • 2011. Quint Magazine. Issue 7, July/August 2011. p. 60 – 62
  • 2011. Camille Zakharia. Lotus. Issue 145, Activism in Architecture, May 2011. p. 02 - 10
  • 2011. Beautifully Objective, Noura Al Sayeh. Exhibition catalogue Coastal Promenade, February 2011
  • 2010. Reclaim. Exhibition catalogue, Bahrain Pavilion, Venice Biennale for Architecture 2010
  • 2010. Under the Pavement, the Beach, Noura Al Sayeh. Brownbook. Issue 24, 2010. p. 58 – 64
  • 2010. Reconstructing and Exploring. Soura. Special Issue, November 2010. p. 96 - 99
  • 2010. Golden Lion for Bahrain, Murray Garrard. Time Out Bahrain, November. p. 46 - 47
  • 2010. Architecture of Almost Nothing, Adrian Friend. Blueprint. Issue 296, November
  • 2010. Istanbul Revisited, Sulaf Zakharia. Agenda Magazine. September. p. 14 - 25
  • 2010. There’s No Home Without A Garden, Ali Al Saeed. Agenda Magazine . February. p. 24 - 29
  • 2010. Camille Zakharia: Imaging, Imagining, Elsewhere, Robert Bean, for exhibition catalogue Chaos into Order. January
  • 2010. Collage of Memories – Memory as Collage, Melissa Enders-Bhatia. For exhibition catalogue Chaos into Order. January
  • 2010. Kan Ya Ma Kan. Catalogue for exhibition at Bait Muzna Gallery. Muscat. Oman
  • 2009. New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century. Thames and Hudson. p. 275 – 277
  • 2009. A Shift Of Alternate Worlds, Charles Merewether. Contemporary Practices, Vol. V. p. 82 - 91
  • 2009. Camille Zakharia. Agenda Culturel Beirut Lebano., Issue 348, May/June
  • 2009. Sharjah Biennial 8, 2nd Catalogue for Sharjah Biennial 8. p. 116, 330, 386, 390, 391
  • 2009. My Father’s House, Catalogue for exhibition organized by the British Council touring the Arab world 2009


Collections

  • Victoria & Albert Museum. London. UK
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization. Hull, Quebec. Canada
  • Qatar Museum Authority. Doha. Qatar
  • National Museum of Bahrain. Bahrain
  • Musee Suisse de l’Appareil Photographique. Vevey. Switzerland
  • Wichita Centre for the Arts. Wichita, Kansas. USA
  • Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Dubai. UAE
  • Barjeel Art Foundation. Dubai. UAE
  • Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research. Muharraq. Bahrain
  • Saint Mary’s University. Halifax, Nova Scotia. Canada
  • Beit Al Qur’an. Manama. Bahrain