Campaign successfully funded on: 16 Nov,2018
My name is Vladimir Antaki, I’m a Lebanese artist and photographer born in 1980. I grew up in Paris and studied art history and film studies at La Sorbonne. In 2003, I moved to Montreal, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual and media arts from UQÀM in 2007.
Hello Dear Backers!
I am appealing to your generosity to help me finance the tribute book that will feature about 70 of my "Guardians", these artisans, workers and small traders that I have photographed in their daily environment for the last six years.
My photographic series The Guardians was born from my desire to document and pay tribute to all these people, those "guardians of urban temples" that we meet every day without really noticing.
An "urban temple" can be a shop, a stall of artisans/workers, where a person works with his heart, his passion. This person is also the holder of a tradition, a know-how, and stands in opposition to all these supermarkets or shopping centers that are now everywhere.
When I discover an "urban temple", I enter, introduce myself and take a portrait of the person at the center of his universe. The portrait must be taken in the very first minutes of my meeting with the individual so that the "Guardian" looks at me with the look of a stranger, in order that my audience can identify with it later.
I traveled in about twenty cities, including Beirut, Paris, Montreal, Mexico City, London, Berlin, New York, Istanbul, Marrakesh, and discovered hundreds of magical places overloaded with elements; places full of colors and filled with stories, kept each time by these characters who are sometimes touching, funny, eccentric and even scary.
The Guardians has been exhibited in public places in more than a hundred cities across France and North America. It won an Infopresse Lux prize in 2013, and was selected to represent Canada in The Other Hundred, a photo-book curated by the Global Institute For Tomorrow (a not-for-profit global photographic initiative based in Hong Kong)
Naila Kettaneh-Kunigk, founder of Galerie Tanit, produced my first solo exhibition in Lebanon. It is now being shown across the country with the collaboration of the Institut Français. My next show will be in Portland, Oregon in May 2019.
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I specialize in intimate portraits and stories with an uncanny ability to get to my subjectsʼ core. For my series, The Guardians, I traveled across Europe, the Middle East and America, photographing shopkeepers or “Guardians.” These Guardians are keepers of…Full biography