ISelf Collection: The End of Love

  • Akram Zaatari, The End of Love 2012

    Akram Zaatari, The End of Love 2012 [detail], 48 framed black and white inkjet prints on silver rag paper. Scanned from 4 × 5 inch negatives from the archive of Hashem El Madani, Studio Shehrazade, Saïda, 18 × 11.7 cm each. Image courtesy of Akram Zaatari and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg / Beirut

Past Exhibition

ISelf Collection
The End of Love

30 August – 26 November 2017

In 2012, Akram Zaatari (b. 1966, Lebanon) brought together a collection of 48 portraits, including brides and grooms, taken by Hashem el Madani in the 1960s–70s at the Studio Shehrazade in Lebanon in The End of Love (2012). Lending its name to the title of the show, these images mark an important moment of transition in family lives but also of the private image into the social archive.

Contemporary portraiture – both real and imagined – and the relationship between self and other, or between artist, sitter and viewer, is further explored by nearly 30 international artists alongside Zaatari in this display.

Also featuring works by Ida Applebroog, Fiona Banner, Michaël Borremans, Bill Brandt, Brassaï, Don Brown, Gillian Carnegie, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Chantal Joffe, Rashid Johnson, Alex Katz, Mary Kelly, Leon Kossoff, Jim Lambie, Maria Lassnig, Alice Neel, R. H. Quaytman, Man Ray, Wilhelm Sasnal, Catherine Story, Fiona Tan, Wolfgang Tillmans, Luc Tuymans, Paloma Varga Weisz and Gillian Wearing.

Continuing the Whitechapel Gallery’s programme of opening up rarely seen collections from around the world, this is the second of four exhibitions drawn from the ISelf Collection.


Please note that this exhibition contains some nudity.

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Creating Ourselves: The Self In Art

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Akram Zaatari, The End of Love 2012

Curator's Tour: The End of Love

Thu 28 Sep 2017, 6.30pm
Free, Booking required

Mahera and Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Curator Emily Butler leads a tour of the exhibition.

Display 1: Self-Portrait as the Billy Goat

27 April – 20 August 2017

Self-Portrait as the Billy Goat

Twenty-five works from international artists reveal how these artists stage their own bodies or self-reflections to examine the different ways that we build our sense of personal identity.

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