Walid Raad

Walid Raad, Lebanon
Walid Raad portrait

Born in 1967 in Chbanieh in Lebanon, Walid Raad collects, modifies, and creates photographs, texts, and videos. He plays with the idea of the document, since to him, it relates to the stories of the community living on this territory.

The artist infuses his depictions with an intended blur to throw doubt on the notion of documentation itself and poses a profound question about how history is constructed. His method involves manipulative processes such as montage, hijacking, and displacement, which he uses to create his poetic, semantic distortions.

Since 1999, his work on archives and memories through images has evolved around the Atlas Group, a fictitious organization, initiated and activated by the artist, which produces, conserves and studies documents about Lebanon contemporary history.

With Public Delivery Video festival Fairy Tales, 2015

Fairy Tales - Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art

Fairy Tales was a video art festival at the Plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.

Lida Abdul, Afghanistan
Said Atabekov, Kazakhstan
Mohamed Bourouissa, Algeria
Chen Chieh-Jen, Taiwan
Cao Fei, China
Yang Fudong, China
Cyprien Gaillard, France
Dejan Kaludjerović, Yugoslavia
Mari Kim, South Korea
Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Thailand
Taus Makhacheva, Russia
Almagul Menlibayeva, Kazakhstan
Mariko Mori, Japan
Ahmet Ögüt, Turkey
Adrian Paci, Italy
Public Delivery, South Korea
Wang Qingsong, China
Walid Raad, Lebanon
Cheng Ran, China & Item Idem, France
Taps & Moses, Germany
Guido van der Werve, Netherlands
Erwin Wurm, Austria
Miao Xiaochun, China



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Exhibited: I Only Wish That I Could Weep, 1997/2002

The video footage, taken from surveillance footage of a seaside boardwalk at the Corniche, shows passers-by inexorably drawn to the setting and the glimmering horizon line. This document is attributed to Operator#17, a Lebanese Army intelligence officer assigned to monitor this area.

From 1997, the officer decided to videotape the sunset instead of his assigned target. This videotape recounts the operator’s story and concentrates on the footage he was permitted to keep after his dismissal.

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