Akram Zaatari: The Script

23 Mar 2019 – 12 May 2019

Event times

10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday

Cost of entry

Free entry

Modern Art Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Oxford

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This thought-provoking show explores Zaatari’s on-going fascination with how
people choose to present themselves to the outside world.


The Script (2018) was born out of research into online content connected with the Arab world. Exploring YouTube using relatively neutral search terms such as ‘father and son’, Zaatari discovered a sub-genre of films depicting fathers praying.

Despite being produced by different men from different regions in the Middle East, Zaatari observed telling similarities in content depicting men fulfilling the duty of salah – the ritual of five daily prayers undertaken by practicing Muslims – within a domestic setting. As breaking off from prayer is often frowned upon, the fathers intently continue praying despite their children’s mischievous attempts to distract them. In The Script, Zaatari has distilled these moments into a filmed re-enactment paying homage to this dual commitment to faith and fatherhood.

Exhibiting artists

Akram Zataari

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