blackbird spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1



   Elusive Homelands
    An Interview with Camille Zakharia  audio icon

Camille Zakharia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He was born in Lebanon but left during the civil war in 1985. Since then, he has lived in various countries, including the United States, Greece, Turkey, and Canada, where he has become a citizen. He currently lives in Bahrain with his wife Sulaf, who has collaborated with him on many of his projects. He has used his camera as a tool to document the journey he has embarked upon since leaving Lebanon, photographing segments of his daily activities and reflecting on issues related to home, identity, sense of self, and belonging.

Zakharia is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, the latest of which is first prize in the collage category of the International Photography Award 2006 for his study Lebanon-Canada via Bahrain. He has shown his work in galleries and museums across North America, Europe, and the Middle East, among them the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Toronto’s Gallery 44 for Contemporary Photography, Wichita Center for the Arts, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Museum of Fine Arts of Florida State University, Artemisia Gallery in Chicago, Sharjah Art Museum, and the gallery of Tayib Bank in Bahrain, as well as a number of galleries in Greece, The Netherlands, and Turkey.  

Photo by Larry Koltys