Amir Zaki’s “Shrewd and Elegant” Photography Reviewed by LA Times

Amir Zaki, “Built in 1872. Damaged in 1878, 1887, 1921, 1973, 1983, 1986, 1987. Renovated 1928, 1930,” 2021, archival photograph.
(Diane Rosenstein Gallery)

Amir Zaki’s latest solo exhibition On Being Here at Diane Rosenstein Gallery was recently reviewed by Christopher Knight, main art critic at Los Angeles Times. Knight writes,

“Zaki titled each photograph with the year a pier was built, dutifully followed by notations of the years in which the structure was seriously damaged or had to be rebuilt, given the force of nature’s destructive power. The oldest California pier was constructed in 1872 (in Ventura) and, according to the title, was damaged in 1878, 1887, 1921, 1973, 1983, 1986 and 1987, with renovations in 1928 and 1930.

All is not lost, however, as a bit of curdled hope peeks over the horizon. The piers in the pictures being fabrications, what you see is not documentary. Zaki’s shrewd and elegant digital photographs offer the newest pier renovation, so life does go on — at least for the moment. Whether that digital sleight-of-hand ranks as construction, damage or perhaps both is up to you.”

To read the entire review, click here.