SOAS University of London

Camille Zakharia, Distorted Memories, 2000-2006

The changing character of Bahrain is the subject of Camille Zakharia’s series Distorted Memories, a metaphysical journey around the island he has made his home. Though the individual pictures appear to be realistic, they are in fact composite collages, through which Camille tries to capture his own, personal impressions and recollections of places – landscapes and cityscapes, deserts and villages - which are already lost. Camel markets and traditional shop-windows have been replaced by commercial complexes; festivals and elections have come and gone, surreal situations and odd juxtapositions may or may not have occurred. Through his images Camille also raises questions about the reliability of memory, the very basis of history and identity.

Camille Zakharia was born in 1962 in Tripoli, Lebanon. He currently lives and works in Bahrain.