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“By the ’90s, photography’s reputation as a truth-telling medium had long been in disrepute. Far from being an objective record of reality, it was seen as agenda-ridden and manipulative. When applied to as crazily complicated a slice of history as the Lebanese wars — everyone had a different take on cause, effect, justification and blame — photographic unreliability took on an absurdist, surreal cast.”

Read The New York Times’ review of Walid Raad, on view through January 31.

[Installation view of Walid Raad, The Museum of Modern Art, October 12, 2015-January 31, 2016. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Thomas Griesel]

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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.

Last chance! Walid Raad, the first comprehensive American survey of the leading contemporary Lebanese artist, closes Sunday.  


[Walid Raad. Scratching on things I could disavow: Walkthrough. 2015. Part of Walid Raad, The Museum of Modern Art, October 12, 2015-January 31, 2016. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes]

Don’t miss Walid Raad’s performance Walkthrough as part of his MoMA exhibition. Tickets are selling out! 

[Walid Raad. Scratching on things I could disavow: Walkthrough. 2015. Part of Walid Raad, The Museum of Modern Art, October 12, 2015-January 31, 2016. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Julieta Cervantes]

Explore fact and fiction in the work of leading contemporary artist Walid Raad, whose exhibition of photography, video, sculpture, and performance opens today. 

[Installation view of Walid Raad, The Museum of Modern Art, October 12, 2015-January 31, 2016. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Thomas Griesel]

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Unreliable Informants: A Walid Raad Primer
The survey exhibition dedicated the work of Walid Raad, which opens to the public on Monday at the Museum of Modern Art, is a rich and compelling point of entry for anyone seeking a handle on this …

Hyperallergic calls Walid Raad “rich & compelling.”

January 21: Join artists Walid Raad and Hans Haacke, MoMA Director Glenn Lowry, and others for a discussion on the role of museums in society today. 


[The Atlas Group/Walid Raad. Hostage: The Bachar tapes (English version). 2001. Video (color, sound), 16:17 min. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the Jerome Foundation in honor of its founder, Jerome Hill, 2003. © 2015 Walid Raad]