This exhibition will be the first comprehensive North American museum survey of the internationally recognized artist Walid Raad (b. 1967, Lebanon), whose work in photography, video, sculpture, and performance in the last 25 years investigates the distinctions between fact and fiction and the ways we represent, remember, and make sense of history. Dedicated to themes exploring the veracity of archives and photographic documents in the public realm, the role of memory and narrative within discourses of conflict, and the construction of histories of art in the Arab world, Raad’s work is informed by an upbringing in Lebanon during the civil war (1975-1990) and recent socio-economic and military policies that have shaped the Middle East in the past few decades. The exhibition will feature a selection of works produced in the past 25 years in photography, video, and sculpture. In addition, the artist will give lecture-performances in the galleries throughout the run of the exhibition. The exhibition is accompanied by an expansive scholarly publication and after its presentation at ICA/Boston, it will travel to Museo Jumex, Mexico City.
This exhibition is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
This exhibition is curated by Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, with Katerina Stathopoulou, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Boston presentation is coordinated by Jeffrey De Blois, Curatorial Assistant, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.
Support for the Boston presentation of Walid Raad is generously provided by Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest.