Moderna Museet in Stockholm, one of the finest modern and contemporary arts institutions in Europe, is currently hosting a solo exhibition with one of the most interesting artists springing out of the Arab-speaking world; Lebanese-born artist, filmmaker and curator Akram Zaatari. At the very core of Zaatari's practice is his keen interest in collecting and scrutinizing found material and recording and recontextualizing history, notably through photographic material. A permanent fixture of the contemporary art scene in his native Beirut, which he can be credited for having been a part of shaping, Zaatari serves as one of the co-founders of the Arab Image Foundation; a Beirut-based non-profit organization with the objective of preserving and spreading imagery from the Arab-speaking world and diaspora.

Zaatari works with an array of media and notably presented a publicized video work titled Letter to a refusing pilot at the 55th Venice Biennale, but is perhaps most noted for the photographic works which make part of a key project involving a feature documentary titled Twenty eight nights and a poem. The film centers around a photographer, Hashem el Madani, who ran a photo studio in the city of Saida from the 1950's. The project, very much like the work of famed Malian photographer Malick Sidibé (