Well-known for "The Atlas Group," a 15-year project about Lebanon's contemporary history, Walid Raad works in video, photography, and performance. Raad's fictional universe, The Atlas Group, examines some of the social, cultural, political and psychological dimensions of the Lebanese wars of the past thirty years.

With regards to these wars, Raad has stated: "My formative years belong to the years of the Lebanese wars. These events conditioned who I am, how I feel, think, and move in the world. It remains difficult for me to comprehend what war means, and how it affects (materially, psychically, socially) those who live it, directly and indirectly.

...I try to be sensitive to the material as well as the immaterial effects of the wars—how time and space are affected, about the notions of private and public, inside and outside, urban and rural, citizenship and equality that are defined by and define the wars. This can be of consequence not only for Lebanon, but also possibly for Baghdad, Ramallah, Tel Aviv, New York, Madrid, Bali or London."

Raad's current projects include a book about his 20-year photographic project of Beirut titled Sweet Talk, and a series of seminars and essays about the writer and artist Jalal Toufic.


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Born 1967, Chbanieh, Lebanon
Lives in New York City.

1995 Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester
Associate Professor of Art, The Cooper Union, New York City.

Solo Exhibitions:
2007 The Atlas Group (1989-2004), Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico Recent and/or Not so Recent Works, The Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
2006 The Atlas Group (1989-2004), The Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany Let's Be Honest, The Weather Helped, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, USA.
2005 "The Dead Weight of a Quarrel Hangs." The Kitchen, New York, NY "Funny How Thin The Line Is," FACT, Liverpool, UK

Group Exhibitions:
2007 "Turbulence," Auckland Triennale, Auckland, New Zealand. "Ah les belles images...," In Situ Galerie, Paris, France.
2006 "Out of Beirut," Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK
"Under The Same Sky,” Die National Fotomuseum, Copenhagen, Denmark.
“Beyond Boundary,” MOMA, New York, NY, USA.

Raad, Walid. My Neck Is Thinner Than A Hair: Engines. (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walthe König: Cologne [Germany], 2006) ---. The Truth Will Be Known When The Last Witness Is Dead: Documents in the Fakhouri File in The Atlas Group Acrhive. (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walthe König: Cologne [Germany], 2004).

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