Akram Zaatari. Letter To A Refusing Pilot

Sometimes stories can travel through time better than supersonic military aircrafts. This is the case for Letter To A Refusing Pilot by Akram Zaatari. Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, the exhibition creates a dialogue between two works, a 45-minute video and a looping 16mm film. Zaatari rebuilds the story of a fighter pilot in the Israeli air force, who refused to destroy a target on the outskirts of Saida – a little town in the south of Lebanon – because he knew that it was a school. The Letter To A Refusing Pilot exhibition reflects on the consequences of refusal. The title quotes Albert Camus’ four-part epistolary essay Letters to a German Friend, and it raises crucial questions about national representation and perpetual crisis by reviving Camus’s plea: “I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.”

The Lebanese Pavilion 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, June 1 – November 29, 2013.

Akram Zaatari, Letter to a Refusing Pilot (still), 2013. Film and video installation. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut.

Akram Zaatari, Letter to a Refusing Pilot (still), 2013. Film and video installation. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut.

 

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