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Amir Zaki: “Building & Becoming”
Amir Zaki has an ongoing interest in the rhetoric of authenticity, as it is associated with photography as an indexical media. Simultaneously, he is deeply invested in exploring digital technology’s transformative potential to disrupt that assumed authenticity. However, his interest is not in utilizing digital trickery as illustration to undermine a photograph’s veracity. In fact, Zaki often creates hybridized photographs that carefully use the vocabulary of the documentary style so that the viewer’s belief in its veracity remains intact, at least initially. He constructs scenes that are somewhat off-register, ‘out of key’, and ever so slightly faux. He often uses the architectural and organic landscape of California as a subject, as it seems particularly appropriate to his process. This is largely because, either through media myth, reality or a combination of the two, the architecture and surrounding landscape in California is itself an evolving bastardization of styles and forms, in other words a pastiche.

Amir Zaki is a practicing artist living in Southern California. He received his MFA from UCLA in 1999 and has been regularly exhibiting nationally and internationally since. Zaki has had over 30 solo exhibitions at institutions and galleries and has been included in over 50 group exhibitions in significant venues. Zaki’s work is part of numerous public and private collections across the country and is published widely.

Lectures will also livestream on the University of Oregon Department of Art Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/UOARTDEPARTMENT/live

May 6, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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