Walid Raad

Lebanese, b. 1967

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Walid Raad

Lebanese, b. 1967

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Walid Raad grapples with memories of loss and carnage, as well as the dizzying reconstruction, that are legacies of the Lebanese Civil War. In an attempt to make sense of it all, he conceived his singular, ongoing project “The Atlas Group”, an imaginary foundation-cum-collective that presents its research (with elements of performance, video, and photography, all produced by Raad) to audiences in Beirut and New York. For Raad, the line between fact and fiction is fluid: despite producing all the content himself, Raad attributes his exhibitions and lectures to imaginary individuals. Similarly, he imbued “Secrets in the Open Sea” (1996), a striking series of blue abstract photographs whose white borders contain thumbnail photographs, with a fictional narrative about finding the negatives in rubble and discovering they contain hidden images of men and woman who had been found dead in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Solo show at a major institution
Whitechapel Gallery, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 6 more
Biography

Walid Raad grapples with memories of loss and carnage, as well as the dizzying reconstruction, that are legacies of the Lebanese Civil War. In an attempt to make sense of it all, he conceived his singular, ongoing project “The Atlas Group”, an imaginary foundation-cum-collective that presents its research (with elements of performance, video, and photography, all produced by Raad) to audiences in Beirut and New York. For Raad, the line between fact and fiction is fluid: despite producing all the content himself, Raad attributes his exhibitions and lectures to imaginary individuals. Similarly, he imbued “Secrets in the Open Sea” (1996), a striking series of blue abstract photographs whose white borders contain thumbnail photographs, with a fictional narrative about finding the negatives in rubble and discovering they contain hidden images of men and woman who had been found dead in the Mediterranean Sea.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Whitechapel Gallery, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 6 more
Articles Featuring Walid Raad
‘Simple’ Paintings, Video Bags, Electric Boys, and Chilling Polaroids at Anthony Reynolds Gallery
Oct 12th, 2013
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