Camille Zakharia

Autobiographical influences play an important role in the work of Camille Zakharia, who chronicles the multitude of places he has called home since leaving Lebanon in 1985 during the Civil War. Creating a vast portfolio of work using photomontage and collage to document personal encounters with people, Zakharia intimately captures the public and private spaces of his life. Zakharia’s montages often include family photographs, fragments of personal letters and other delicate items, which he re-assembles in a way that portrays the rupture and discord of his experiences.

In his series Coastal Promenade, a work commissioned by Bahrain’s Ministry of Culture as part of the nation’s participation in the Venice Biennale’s 12th International Architecture Exhibition, Zakharia documents the dwindling number of fisherman’s huts situated along Bahrain’s coastline. Addressing the nation’s changing relationship to its landscape and water amid vast urban development and land reclamation, Zakharia underlines the quiet decline of sea culture in Bahrain, a name that means 'two seas' in Arabic.

A resident of the island nation since 1999, Zakharia was born in Tripoli, Lebanon in 1962 and has also resided in the United States, Greece, Turkey and Canada. His work has been exhibited in the Gulf Arab region, Europe and North America.