Walid Raad, closing Sunday, presents photography, video, sculpture, and performance works from the leading contemporary artist. Raad’s work is informed by his upbringing in Lebanon during the civil war, and by the socioeconomic and military policies that have shaped the Middle East in the past few decades.
Walid Raad, Already Been in a Lake of Fire - Notebook Volume 38, (2002)
Each of the above notebook pages includes a cutout photograph of a car that matches the make, model and color of a car that was used as a bomb, as well as text written in Arabic that details the place, time and date of the explosion, the number of casualties, the perimeter of destruction, the exploded car’s engine and axle numbers, and the weight and type of the explosives used.
The International Center of Photography (ICP) announces the 2016 honorees of its annual Infinity Awards, to be held in New York City on Monday, April 11, 2016. Widely considered the leading honor for excellence in the field, the Infinity Awards is ICP’s largest annual fundraiser, supporting all of its programs, including exhibitions, education, collections, and community outreach.
“The Infinity Awards is a very special night each year at which we celebrate the achievements of remarkable talent across photography and visual arts,” said ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell. “ICP is proud to recognize and celebrate this outstanding group of individuals making an impact on the world of visual culture.”
The 2016 honorees were chosen by an esteemed selection committee including Charlotte Cotton, Curator in Residence and Director of Programming for ICP’s new museum at 250 Bowery (opening this summer); Teju Cole, Photography Critic for The New York Times Magazine; and Brian Sholis, Curator of the Cincinnati Art Museum. The Lifetime Achievement honoree was selected by ICP’s Board of Trustees and senior staff.
The Louvre has invited the artist Walid Raad to take part in a collaborative project over three consecutive years. The first part of this project is an exhibition called “Preface to the First Edition”, with an accompanying publication.
Walid Raad, a former Creative Time Global Resident, is collaborating with the Louvre Museum in Paris in celebration of the opening of their new Islamic Galleries. He traveled to Beirut, Lebanon in 2011 to answer his burning question, “Why is the Arab world in the midst of an art museum, art school, art market, and biennial building frenzy at this moment?”
Read his Global Residency statement and learn more about Walid Raad here.
This collection of documents archived by Walid Raad and The Atlas Group is a mixture of uncovered and constructed evidence whose authenticity, authorship and even dates are constantly subject to doubt.
Here, photographs of Beirut’s bombed out and bullet-pocked infrastructure are overlaid with brightly colored dots. The accompanying text explains that the artist collected used shells embedded in buildings in Beirut in the early 1980s and catalogued their locations in his notebooks. Years later, upon discovering that arms manufacturers color code their shells, he realized that he had amassed an inventory of the devastation indirectly wrought by the seventeen countries who had supplied the various factions of the war. The actual veracity of the story is almost irrelevant; as Raad has described them, such fabricated documents—“fantasies erected from the material of collective memories”—offer the potential for communicating larger historical truths. - guggeheim
In blurring the line between historical facts and constructed narratives, Raad investigates how the history of Lebanon – and specifically the long violent period of the Civil Wars – is written and represented.