Akram Zaatari: Tomorrow everything will be alright
22 Nov 2013 – 5 Jan 2014
The Darkroom at Turku Art Museum has this year presented video works of artists from the Middle East. The year will be completed with Tomorrow everything will be alright (2010) by the Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari.

Akram Zaatari is known to be a lyrical and even romantic storyteller. Tomorrow everything will be alright illustrates a conversation between two former lovers, as recorded by an old typewriter. Their captured meeting begins in a reserved tone, yet developing into something more hopeful and brave. Between the lines one can spot meaningful silence. Will the lovers find one another under a new sunset?

Without any physical or voice actors Zaatari tells an iconic love story about passion, love and the loss of it. The work is a homage to French filmmaker Éric Rohmer (1920–2010), and his way of noticing the details in everyday life and his ability to spot ”the green ray in every sunset.” Rohmer is considered to be the last representative of the new wave in French cinema and he was awarded with the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for his film The Green Ray (Le rayon vert, 1986). The Green Ray also refers to a novel by Jules Verne, in which a young couple is on the hunt for this this mystical green ray, possible to catch a glimpse of only with the last rays of the setting sun.

Tomorrow everything will be alright is touching in all its simplicity: with the nostalgic typewriter and the script which every lover can identify with. The work is also an affectionate tribute to literature and film, both of which have given light to Zaatari’s own youth. With the help of literature and film we can overcome loneliness, feel connected to other people and imagine a life and love elsewhere differing from our own everyday life.

Akram Zaatari (b. 1966) is a big name in the international contemporary art scene. He lives and works in Beirut and was representing Lebanon in this year’s Venice Biennale. Zaatari uses film and photography in his art, often connected with collecting and preserving the visual history of the the Arab world, post-war Lebanon in particular. In his earlier works he has also depicted representations of masculine sexuality and the life of gay men in Lebanon.


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