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Walid Raad


Walid Raad has worked with mixed media installation, performance, video, photography and text to create a substantial body of work the offers multi-layered narratives on the contemporary history of Lebanon. Atlas Group, his fifteen-year project (1989 – 2004) documented contemporary Lebanese history, particularly the wars between 1975 and 1991. Archive publications from this project include Let's Be Honest, The Weather Helped (2007), My Neck Is Thinner Than A Hair (2006) and the Truth Will Be Known When The Last Witness Is Dead (2004),

His most recent publication is Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Arab World (2009). This project started in 2007 contextualises and explores recent cultural developments in the region and the potential impact of their infrastructure.

Raad's works have been shown at Documenta Kassel, Germany, The Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, The Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, Homeworks, Beirut, Lebanon, and numerous other museums and venues in Europe, the Middle East and North America. Raad is the recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2007), the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2007) and the Camera Austria Award (2005) and is also a member of the Arab Image Foundation.

Walid Raad was born in Chbanieh, Lebanon in 1967 and is an Associate Professor of Art in The Cooper Union (New York, USA). In 1989 he received a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA (1993) and Ph.D. (1996) in Cultural and Visual Studies at the University of Rochester.