Contemporary Arts

Walid RAAD

Born 1967 in Lebanon, based in New York.

Raad's practice is dominated by works of video, photographs and writings on the theme of his nation's recent history, especially the civil war that lasted from 1975 to 1991. Symbolizing the collective trauma and consciousness of this civil war period, his works also serve as a document of inherent physical and psychological violence and irrationality. From 1999 to 2004, Raad founded the imaginary Atlas Group foundation and launched a project to study and record Lebanon's modern history. This involved exhibiting accumulated writings from the civil war period, things found after the war, and newly-made documentary media, in an archive format. Raad continues to produce works that confront us with both the possibility and impossibility of knowing the truth behind complex events.

  《 Scratching on things I could disavow_plate 1 (2,3,4) 》 1989
(c) Walid Raad
courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
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